Jeep

Jeep

[jeep] Trademark.
1.
a small, rugged military motor vehicle having four-wheel drive and a ¼-ton capacity: widely used by the U.S. Army during and after World War II.
2.
a similar vehicle used by civilians.
verb (used without object)
3.
(lowercase) to ride or travel in a jeep.

Origin:
1935–40, Americanism; alteration of G.P. (for General Purpose) Vehicle, or special use of Eugene the Jeep, name of fabulous animal in comic strip “Popeye” by E. C. Segar

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noun
John Cornelius ("Johnny"; "Rabbit"; "Jeep") 1906–70, U.S. jazz saxophonist.
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Jeep (dʒiːp)
 
n
trademark a small military road vehicle with four-wheel drive
 
[C20: probably from the initials GP, for general purpose (vehicle)]

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jeep
1941, Amer.Eng. 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.
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