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[jeep] /dʒip/ Trademark.
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.
a similar vehicle used by civilians.
verb (used without object)
(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


[hoj-iz] /ˈhɒdʒ ɪz/
John Cornelius ("Johnny"; "Rabbit"; "Jeep") 1906–70, U.S. jazz saxophonist. Unabridged
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  • After talking with Oglethorpe, Paul took a Jeep over to the stand and located Harper.

    Human Error Raymond F. Jones
  • Lieutenant Wims unfolded out of the Jeep into the jungle mud.

  • One of the Dusties tumbled out of the Jeep and scampered across the field to give him a hand.

    Image of the Gods Alan Edward Nourse
  • "Thanks fer the ride," Wims said as he wrestled his gear out of the Jeep.

  • It was a military-looking Jeep, like an armored Hummer, only it didn't have any military insignia on it.

    Little Brother Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for Jeep


trademark a small military road vehicle with four-wheel drive
Word Origin
C20: probably from the initials GP, for general purpose (vehicle)
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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