\ 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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At a parade this summer, candidate for governor Kris Kobach rode a jeep with a replica machine gun mounted on it. John Hanna, The Seattle Times, "Kobach’s take-no-prisoners style at forefront in Kansas race," 14 Aug. 2018 Folding the windshield forward (a remnant of the need to ship jeeps in crates during World War II) is vastly simplified. Tom Voelk, New York Times, "26 Vehicles Played in the Mud. Here’s the Dirt.," 12 July 2018 His use of a jeep with a replica gun mounted on top during campaign stops at local parades this summer prompted backlash. John Hanna, The Seattle Times, "Trump’s tweet could tip Kansas GOP governor primary," 6 Aug. 2018 Air pollution in Ukhia and Tekfnaf has increased because of smoke from firewood burned by refugees and exhaust from thousands of trucks, jeeps, and cars bringing people and goods into the camps. Mayesha Alam, Washington Post, "How the Rohingya crisis is affecting Bangladesh — and why it matters," 12 Feb. 2018 This is the most common way to safari—you and your party are packed onto a large, open-air jeep and drive around the national park, stopping to observe animals. Megan Ditrolio, Marie Claire, "Your Ultimate African Safari Guide," 12 Nov. 2018 Despite the risks, there’s an obvious reason for Western sea blindness: While most people have seen soldiers or perhaps some army jeeps, few have encountered frigates. Elisabeth Braw, WSJ, "The Risks of Failing to See the Sea," 21 Oct. 2018 Without a jeep or a horse, visitors to Khan al-Ahmar pull over across Route 1, dodge speeding cars on foot, hurdle a metal barrier and climb a rocky hill. New York Times, "As Israel Pushes to Build, Bedouin Homes and School Face Demolition," 24 June 2018 On the eight-mile trek back to his jeep, Ralston met a family of hikers who gave him food and called in medical help. Brynn Mannino, Woman's Day, "9 Miraculous Rescues," 4 Nov. 2010

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


\ 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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