[ jee-perz ]
/ ˈdʒi pərz /
(used as a mild exclamation of surprise or emotion.)
What Is Whisky Tango Foxtrot And Other Army LingoGiven the size and manpower of the US Army, it's no surprise that its lingo has gradually invaded everyday conversation. Not many of us keep a Purple Heart framed on our desk, though (i.e., we have no idea what these words and phrases mean even though we hear them all the time).
Also jeepers creepers [kree-perz] /ˈkri pərz/.
Origin of jeepers
1925–30, Americanism; euphemistic alteration of Jesus
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British Dictionary definitions for jeepers
/ (ˈdʒiːpəz ˈkriːpəz) /
US and Canadian slang a mild exclamation of surprise
Word Origin for jeepers
C20: euphemism for Jesus
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Word Origin and History for jeepers
1900, American English, euphemistic alteration of Jesus.
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