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Jeeves

personification of the perfect valet, 1930, from character in P.G. Wodehouse's novels.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • jeeves flowed in with the announcement that he had just loosed her into the sitting-room.

    My Man Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • The will in Mr. jeeves's keeping, with its recent codicil, was opened and read.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • You mean that all this while the key has been in jeeves's possession?

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • To my surprise and dismay, Mr. jeeves begged me to excuse him.

    A Strange Story, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • You know, jeeves, say what you like—this is a bit thick, isn't it?

    My Man Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • In the matter of evening costume, you see, jeeves is hidebound and reactionary.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • Even when restored by one of jeeves's depth bombs, one doesn't want this sort of thing after a hard night.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • Too elaborate, jeeves—that is what you are frequently prone to become.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • I was dashed if I was going to let jeeves treat me like a bally one-man chain-gang!

    My Man Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
  • I am convinced that you will eventually learn to love this mess-jacket, jeeves.

    Right Ho, Jeeves P. G. Wodehouse
jeeves in Culture

Jeeves definition


A servant who appears in comic novels and short stories about the English upper classes by P. G. Wodehouse, a twentieth-century British author who spent most of his life in the United States.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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