[ jeep ]
/ dʒip /

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for jeeps (1 of 2)


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Dickie. born 1931, English Rugby Union footballer: halfback for England (1956–62) and the British Lions (1959–62)

British Dictionary definitions for jeeps (2 of 2)


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trademark a small military road vehicle with four-wheel drive

Word Origin for Jeep

C20: probably from the initials GP, for general purpose (vehicle)
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Word Origin and History for jeeps



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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