[jee-hyoo or, often, -hoo]
  1. a king of Israel noted for his furious chariot attacks. II Kings 9.
  2. (lowercase) a fast driver.
  3. (lowercase) the driver of a cab or coach. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for jehu

Historical Examples of jehu

  • "Jehu, the son of Nimshi," could not have done the distance in five minutes less.

    Glances at Europe

    Horace Greeley

  • I had only to pay the Jehu; he would obey me, of course, and right willingly.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • I applied myself to the sable Jehu of the barouche, but with no better success.

    The Quadroon

    Mayne Reid

  • Like the driving of Jehu, the son of Nimshi: for he driveth furiously.

    Familiar Quotations

    John Bartlett

  • So Jehu said, "If it is your will, let no one escape from the city to bring news to Jezreel."

    The Children's Bible

    Henry A. Sherman

British Dictionary definitions for jehu


  1. Old Testament the king of Israel (?842–?815 bc); the slayer of Jezebel (II Kings 9:11–30)
  2. a fast driver, esp one who is reckless (from the phrase to drive like Jehu . II Kings 9:20)
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Word Origin and History for jehu


"fast, skillful driver," 1680s, from Jehu, a king of Israel in the Old Testament, who "driveth furiously" (II Kings ix:20).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper