noun \ˈjēp\

Definition of JEEP

:  a small general-purpose motor vehicle with 80-inch wheelbase, 14-ton capacity, and four-wheel drive used by the United States Army in World War II; also :  a similar but larger and more powerful United States army vehicle

Origin of JEEP

probably ultimately from Eugene the Jeep, character in the comic strip Thimble Theater by Elzie C. Segar
First Known Use: 1940



Definition of JEEP

intransitive verb
:  to travel by jeep

First Known Use of JEEP




—used for a small truck that can be driven over very rough surfaces

Full Definition of JEEP

—used for a civilian automotive vehicle


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Outstanding light vehicle of World War II, developed by the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps. It weighed 1.25 tons, had a four-cylinder engine, and could climb 60° grades and operate on rough terrain thanks to its four-wheel drive and high clearance. The origin of it name is uncertain; one theory traces it to the military designation “vehicle, GP” (i.e., general-purpose). Since the war the jeep has been adapted for civilian use, though it has been replaced in the U.S. military by the High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV), or Humvee.


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