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Word Origin and History for jeeves

Jeeves

personification of the perfect valet, 1930, from character in P.G. Wodehouse's novels.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Examples from the Web for jeeves

Historical Examples

  • The will in Mr. Jeeves's keeping, with its recent codicil, was opened and read.

    A Strange Story, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • To my surprise and dismay, Mr. Jeeves begged me to excuse him.

    A Strange Story, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • In the matter of evening costume, you see, Jeeves is hidebound and reactionary.

    Right Ho, Jeeves

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • Too elaborate, Jeeves—that is what you are frequently prone to become.

    Right Ho, Jeeves

    P. G. Wodehouse

  • And I was still writhing in the depths, when the door opened and Jeeves appeared.

    Right Ho, Jeeves

    P. G. Wodehouse


jeeves in Culture

Jeeves

A servant who appears in comic novels and short stories about the English upper classes by P. G. Wodehouse, a twentieth-century British author who spent most of his life in the United States.

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The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.