[jee-hyoo or, often, -hoo]


a king of Israel noted for his furious chariot attacks. II Kings 9.
(lowercase) a fast driver.
(lowercase) the driver of a cab or coach. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jehus

Historical Examples of jehus

  • Jehus of all races and classes raise the dust of Halpin Road in dogcarts, landaus, and motor-cars.

    A Civil Servant in Burma

    Herbert Thirkel White

  • The delivery-wagons and their Jehus were the only things that moved fast in Wakefield, now as then.

    In a Little Town

    Rupert Hughes

  • Ay, it binna on'y the nose, 't binna on'y the nose, with his Jehus an' such.

    In Clive's Command

    Herbert Strang

  • Many of the strikers were acting as Jehus of improvised stages.

    Port O' Gold

    Louis John Stellman

  • The Swan allured the gentlefolk of the county, the coach-and-four people, Jehus of light curricles, and riders of blooded horses.

    Lewis Rand

    Mary Johnston

British Dictionary definitions for jehus



Old Testament the king of Israel (?842–?815 bc); the slayer of Jezebel (II Kings 9:11–30)
a fast driver, esp one who is reckless (from the phrase to drive like Jehu . II Kings 9:20)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for jehus


"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