\ 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


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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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 Police say the unidentified driver of a jeep hit the motorcycle, then got out of the vehicle and left from the area. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 19 July 2021 Indeed, a Kornet attack on a a jeep caused the only IDF death in the eleven-day conflict. Sebastien Roblin, Forbes, 25 May 2021 Authorities said a male was reported leaving the scene driving a black jeep. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, 4 May 2021 Whatley was in the jeep and the other two individuals occupied the truck. Audrey Jensen, The Arizona Republic, 10 Apr. 2021 Ask Ottowill find the perfect match for you by giving you a quiz to determine your preferences, and then hook you up with anything from a jeep to a hard-to-score Lamborghini. Beth Landman, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 After landing on a dirt runway, climb into a jeep to venture into the rainforest filled with ancient Mayan temples and palaces. Michelle Stansbury, Marie Claire, 23 Feb. 2021 To the left in the yellow hat is architect Arne Hasselqvist, and in the background, standing on the jeep, is Basil Charles. Tim Teeman, Town & Country, 16 Nov. 2020 The only thing that survived the fire was a little toy jeep from World War II. Mike Klingaman,, 30 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The excitement continued when the boys took a Jeep rock climb into the high desert rocks in a custom Starwood Motors jeep with steep inclines and drops to add to the adventure. Jim Dobson, Forbes, 22 June 2021 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,, 26 June 2017

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First Known Use of jeep


1940, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jeep


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

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26 Jul 2021

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“Jeep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Jeep

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


\ 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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