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jeep

noun \ ˈjēp \
Updated on: 16 Nov 2017

Definition of jeep

: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

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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.

Origin and Etymology of jeep

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


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jeep

verb

Definition of jeep

intransitive verb
:to travel by jeep

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First Known Use of jeep

1942


Jeep

trademark

Definition of Jeep

used for a civilian automotive vehicle

JEEP Defined for English Language Learners

Jeep

trademark

Definition of Jeep for English Language Learners

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


JEEP Defined for Kids

jeep

noun \ ˈjēp \

Definition of jeep for Students

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


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