jeep

noun
\ ˈjēp How to pronounce jeep (audio) \

Definition of jeep

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a small general-purpose motor vehicle with 80-inch wheelbase, ¹/₄-ton capacity, and four-wheel drive used by the U.S. Army in World War II also : a similar but larger and more powerful U.S. army vehicle

jeep

verb
jeeped; jeeping; jeeps

Definition of jeep (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to travel by jeep

Definition of Jeep (Entry 3 of 3)

used for a civilian automotive vehicle

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Did You Know?

The word jeep in its early history saw a curious range of applications. Probably the progenitor of all of them was a character named Eugene the Jeep that first appeared in March 1936 in Elzie C. Segar’s comic strip Thimble Theater, featuring Popeye. In 1940 jeep was defined Army vernacular for “any very small plane, helicopter, or gadget.” To the Air Corps, jeep was a small trainer, and to the Navy an escort carrier. The now familiar use of jeep for a ¼-ton military vehicle was first noted in February 1941, but in the early years of Word War II, some soldiers applied jeep to a now-forgotten ¾-ton command car, while the ¼-ton vehicle was known as a peep.

Examples of jeep in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun One of the photos showed a policeman holding the child in his lap and another showed the crying toddler, blood stains on his shirt and cookies in both of his hands, inside a police jeep. Washington Post, "Photo of toddler sitting on slain grandpa angers Kashmiris," 2 July 2020 When a full moon disappeared over land and the sun rose the other side over the English Channel, there was no customary rumble of columns of vintage jeep and trucks to be heard, roads still so deserted hare sat alongside them. Raf Casert, Anchorage Daily News, "The loneliest of D-Day remembrances is hit by pandemic," 6 June 2020 When a full moon disappeared over land and the sun rose the other side over the English Channel, there was no customary rumble of columns of vintage jeep and trucks to be heard, roads still so deserted hare sat alongside them. Time, "'Because of the Virus, Nobody Can Be Here.' Few Attend D-Day Remembrances, 76 Years After the Epic World War II Battle," 6 June 2020 The horizon was glowing red as a convoy of Ohio Army National Guard trucks and jeeps crowned a hill, headed for Kent State. Paula Schleis, cincinnati.com, "'Be ye prepared’: Warning, flames greeted National Guard ahead of Kent State shootings," 2 May 2020 At the stops, police jeeps and vans will ferry people the rest of the way to their villages, Awasthi said. BostonGlobe.com, "Virus infections top 600,000 globally with long fight ahead," 28 Mar. 2020 In an April snowstorm, local search and rescue volunteers used their super-jeeps to drive hospital staff to and from work and shuttled warm meals to elderly residents around town. Time, "Iceland Has Tested 13% of Its Entire Population for Coronavirus. Here’s What Health Authorities Found," 4 May 2020 In an April snowstorm, local search and rescue volunteers used their super-jeeps to drive hospital staff to and from work and shuttled warm meals to elderly residents around town. Egill Bjarnason, The Christian Science Monitor, "How teamwork and early testing helped Iceland tame COVID-19," 4 May 2020 Hiking, jeep tours, horseback riding, biking, and rafting will make adventure seekers happy. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Travel in June," 13 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The Chicago Gun Club had applied to start an upscale range with two membership lounges, a 32-bay firing range, firearm and Jeep retail space; residents expressed concern that the business would serve alcohol, according to articles. Mark Lawton, chicagotribune.com, "Upscale gun range opens in unincorporated Lake Forest," 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of jeep

Noun

1940, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jeep

Noun

probably ultimately from Eugene the Jeep, character in the comic strip Thimble Theater by Elzie C. Segar

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13 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Jeep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jeep. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for jeep

English Language Learners Definition of Jeep

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

jeep

noun
\ ˈjēp How to pronounce jeep (audio) \

Kids Definition of jeep

: a small motor vehicle used by the United States military for travel on rough surfaces

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