\ 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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Norwegian Sigrid Flaata drove from Oslo in a 1942 restored jeep to honor the soldiers who died on D-Day. Raf Casert And John Leicester,, "75th anniversary of D-Day: Nations honor veterans, memory of fallen troops," 6 June 2019 What started with a few army jeeps and a handful of soldiers has developed into a permanent border crossing that keeps Israel in control of their lives. Washington Post, "Israel’s high-tech facelift takes the sting out of checkpoints — but not out of the occupation," 12 June 2019 Meals Included:Breakfast, Dinner Accommodations:Sanbonani Resort Hotel Day 5: Kruger National Park Rise early and climb aboard an open jeep for a safari in Kruger National Park—home to a mindboggling array of large mammals. National Geographic, "Southern Africa Family Journey: In Search of the Big Five," 12 June 2019 Matz said the center has a World War II-era Army jeep and a new wall display depicting a panorama view of the beaches and the landings that unfolded during the invasion, known as Operation Overlord. Donovan Slack, USA TODAY, "75th D-Day anniversary a special one for this family: The Pieper twins are finally together in Normandy," 3 June 2019 In the 1960s my mother remembered the first two Indian jeeps arriving in Thimphu. Lawrence Osborne, Town & Country, "Why Everyone Is Traveling to Bhutan," 30 Mar. 2015 Though lions prowled restlessly outside our tent at night, the real danger turned out to be the high-speed drives in an open jeep while our guide dodged giant potholes and meandering animals, all while talking on his phone. Jay L. Zagorsky, Quartz, "It’s more dangerous to live in America than to travel abroad," 12 June 2019 Its beaches teem with WWII reenactors from across Europe, many of whom fly American flags on their period jeeps and motorcycles. NBC News, "As the world marks D-Day 75 years on, post-war alliance is in doubt," 4 June 2019 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

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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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