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  1. a small, rugged military motor vehicle having four-wheel drive and a ¼-ton capacity: widely used by the U.S. Army during and after World War II.
  2. a similar vehicle used by civilians.
verb (used without object)
  1. (lowercase) to ride or travel in a jeep.

Origin of Jeep

An Americanism dating back to 1935–40; alteration of G.P. (for General Purpose) Vehicle, or special use of Eugene the Jeep, name of fabulous animal in comic strip “Popeye” by E. C. Segar


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  • His father snapped on the screen and pickup of the jeep that was standing nearby.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • "Take the jeep over to the tunnel entrance," he told his father.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • Take four men in the jeep; have them lift two of them and bring them here.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • He swung the jeep to get the crowd in the pickup, explaining who they were.

    The Cosmic Computer

    Henry Beam Piper

  • By noon they had rented a jeep and were well away from the city.

    The Perfectionists

    Arnold Castle

British Dictionary definitions for jeep


  1. trademark a small military road vehicle with four-wheel drive

Word Origin

C20: probably from the initials GP, for general purpose (vehicle)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for jeep


early 1941, American English military slang, from G.P. "general purpose (car)," but influenced by Eugene the Jeep (who had extraordinary powers but only said "jeep"), from E.C. Segar's comic strip "Thimble Theater" (also home of Popeye the Sailor). Eugene the Jeep first appeared in the strip March 13, 1936. The vehicle was in development from 1940, and the Army planners' initial term for it was light reconnaissance and command car.

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