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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

early 1941, American English military slang, from G.P. "general purpose (car)," but influenced by Eugene the Jeep (who had extraordinary powers but only said "jeep"), from E.C. Segar's comic strip "Thimble Theater" (also home of Popeye the Sailor). Eugene the Jeep first appeared in the strip March 13, 1936. The vehicle was in development from 1940, and the Army planners' initial term for it was light reconnaissance and command car.


n. 1 A small, blocky, military-style vehicle with four-wheel drive, suited to rough terrain 2 (Ireland) genericized trademark for a sport utility vehicle


n. a car suitable for traveling over rough terrain [syn: landrover]


Jeep is a brand of American automobiles that is a division of FCA US LLC (formerly Chrysler Group, LLC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles. The former Chrysler Corporation acquired the Jeep brand, along with the remaining assets of its owner American Motors, in 1987. The division is headquartered in Toledo, Ohio. Jeep's current product range consists solely of sport utility vehicles and off-road vehicles, but has also included pickup trucks in the past.

The original Jeep was the prototype Bantam BRC. Willys MB Jeeps went into production in 1941 specifically for the military, arguably making them the oldest four-wheel drive mass-production vehicles now known as SUVs. The Jeep became the primary light 4-wheel-drive vehicle of the United States Army and the Allies during World War II, as well as the postwar period. The term became common worldwide in the wake of the war. Doug Stewart notes:

The first civilian models were produced in 1945. It inspired a number of other light utility vehicles, such as the Land Rover. Many Jeep variants serving similar military and civilian roles have since been designed in other nations.

Jeep (disambiguation)

Jeep is a Chrysler automotive brand.

Jeep may also refer to:

  • Willys MB Jeep and equivalents, the iconic military four-wheel drive utility vehicle, manufactured from 1941 to 1945
  • Jeep CJ (originally Willys CJ, or Civilian Jeep), civilian version of the military Jeep
  • Jeep Wrangler, a successor to the Jeep CJ
  • Curtiss-Wright AT-9 Jeep, an American military aircraft
  • Jeep, a term used in Australia for a personal shopping-cart.

Usage examples of "jeep".

The road to his house was nothing more than a stretch of dirt and gravel with a ribbon of grass down the middle, and his jeep sounded like an army tank as it jolted all over the place.

He wanted to destroy them all, so that he would feel less lonely, and, in order to penetrate this absence with his annihilating presence, he left the jeep behind at a forgotten township where a green track ended and an ancient whisky priest sat all day in the ruins of a forsaken church brewing fire-water from wild bananas and keening the stations of the cross.

Within an hour, Batman and Malibu were in the back of a jeep, bouncing down the dirt road toward the town of Chiang Dao, where a government station had been established to assist the hill tribes living on the slopes of the surrounding mountains.

Hank Bindle and Bruce Marmelstein chattering animatedly near one of the canvas-topped studio jeeps.

McWatt winked at him reassuringly as he climbed down from the plane and joshed hospitably with the credulous new pilot and bombardier during the jeep ride back to the squadron, although he did not address a word to Yossarian until all four had returned their parachutes and separated and the two of them were walking side by side toward their own row of tents.

The squatty-nosed jeep was well hidden, back from the road in a wide coulee, its dark green color blending in with thick-growing chokecherry bushes.

Piet de Witt watched as Connie Crum jumped out of the jeep and strode towards him.

Jeep upon the station, acquired mysteriously by Wing Commander Dobbie and retained by him for his personal use.

But it was certainly traveling a lot faster than the jeeps had managed along the same stretch of road.

The jeep stopped at the gate, and an armed guerilla materialised to check the visitor.

The little blond boy she had fleetingly glimpsed in the jeep was hobbling toward them on crutches, his right leg in a plaster cast.

As she stooped to begin gathering the scattered contents, Robbie came hobbling from the jeep parked in front of the restaurant.

The rest, the mineral-rich water vapor in the clouds, the hollow, juiceless ting grass, the sharp chalky soil under her back, was Jeep.

Lawrence sat in the front passenger seat of the jeep while Kibbo drove on into the foothills country.

I parked on the street and ran around the Jeep to help Grandma Mazur get out.