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: 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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jeeped; jeeping; jeeps

intransitive verb

: to travel by jeep


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used for a civilian automotive vehicle

Examples of jeep in a Sentence

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On Wednesday, Lopez posted an Instagram video with Emme headed out presumably to the Hamptons in a jeep. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 4 July 2024 Anyone who has shared a jeep with a safari first timer or a birder knows the peril of mixed company. Devanshi Mody, Robb Report, 4 July 2024
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 See all Example Sentences for jeep 

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Word History



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

First Known Use


1940, in the meaning defined above


1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jeep was in 1940

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“Jeep.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a small general-purpose motor vehicle with four-wheel drive used by the U.S. Army in World War II


an altered form of g.p., an abbreviation for "general purpose," influenced by the name Eugene the Jeep, a comic strip character

Word Origin
In March 1936 in newspapers across the country, Popeye's girlfriend, Olive Oyl, was delivered a box labeled "Eugene the Jeep." The contents of the box turned out to be a friendly little animal that made the sound "jeep." Elzie Segar, the creator of the comic strip, went on with the story of Eugene the Jeep through much of 1936. In 1937 work began on the development of an all-purpose vehicle for the military. When this vehicle was ready for use, it was apparently called g.p. for "general purpose." Probably because of the popularity of Eugene the Jeep, the pronunciation of g.p. was shortened to one syllable, and the spelling jeep became normal.

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