Humvee

[huhm-vee]

Origin of Humvee

1985–1990; from the pronunciation of the initials HMMWV for H(igh)M(obility) M(ultipurpose) W(heeled) V(ehicle)
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Contemporary Examples of humvee

  • He opened the back door of the Humvee, where Mace was trying ease himself out.

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  • There was no soldier inside, so he recovered some ammunition that was in there and brought it back to the Humvee.

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  • He kept firing, yelling to Mace to follow Gallegos back to the Humvee.

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  • Trapped once again inside the Humvee, the two men tried to secure what they knew could very well end up being their coffin.

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  • Carter hopped out of the Humvee and sprinted to the corner of the latrines, where he took a knee.

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Historical Examples of humvee


British Dictionary definitions for humvee

Humvee

noun
  1. a four-wheel drive military vehicle

Word Origin for Humvee

from h (igh-mobility) + m (ulti-purpose) v (ehicle) + -ee
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Word Origin and History for humvee

1983, popularized 1991 in Persian Gulf War military slang, rough acronym for high-mobility multipurpose wheeled vehicle.

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