\ 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.

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An anti-poaching unit based about 20km away tries to protect the animals in the park’s 22,000 square kilometres, with just 27 rangers working shifts, and a few jeeps and rifles. The Economist, "How to curb the trade in endangered species," 8 Aug. 2019 What was war, after all, but morale in helmets and jeeps? David Von Drehle, The Denver Post, "Guest Commentary: “Lion King” remake has terrifying implications," 28 July 2019 Located about seven miles away from the inn in the middle of a muddy field, guests were transported in the back of jeeps and pickup trucks down rutted dirt roads. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "When JFK Jr. and Carolyn got married: Never before seen tapes on TV for first time," 14 July 2019 The wall, still in its earliest stage, is only about chin high, and a flock of G.D.R. troops riding in an open-air jeep is visible on the other side. Elisabeth Zerofsky, The New Yorker, "The Causes and Consequences of Berlin’s Rapid Gentrification," 12 July 2019 The stunning video was taken by a tourist sitting at the back of the safari’s jeep, who recorded the elephant aggressively stomping toward the front of the vehicle as the remaining passengers held on for dear life. Eric Todisco,, "Raging Elephant Charges Safari Tour as Jeep Tries to Escape the Chase in Reverse," 17 July 2019 Riders sit in a jeep that plunges and climbs through several scenes. Larry Bleiberg, USA TODAY, "10 great high-tech thrill rides at theme parks around the world," 8 July 2019 Seated in a jeep and clutching a screeching Geiger counter, Lt. Sergei L. Loiko,, "Secrets of Chernobyl spill out more than three decades after the nuclear disaster," 30 June 2019 The villagers would have the power to dictate the number and size of hotels serving the reserve and the number of jeeps allowed on safari at any one time. National Geographic, "This Indian community welcomes leopards," 22 Mar. 2019

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,, "Upscale gun range opens in unincorporated Lake Forest," 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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English Language Learners Definition of Jeep

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


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Kids Definition of jeep

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

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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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