Jeep meaning

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A small, blocky, military-style vehicle with four-wheel drive, suited to rough terrain.
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A small, durable, general-purpose motor vehicle with four-wheel drive and a quarter-ton capacity, used by the US Army during and after World War II.
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A trademark for a civilian motor vehicle.
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A small, rugged automotive vehicle with a14-ton capacity and a four-wheel drive, used by U.S. armed forces in WWII.
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A similar vehicle for civilian use.
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(Ireland) Genericized trademark for a sport utility vehicle.
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(trademark) A brand of vehicle suitable for rough terrain.
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Origin of jeep

  • Probably pronunciation of the letters GP manufacturer's designation for this vehicle G(overnment) P designator for 80-inch wheelbase reconnaissance car

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably an alteration of G.P., standing for "general purpose" (the manufacturer's designation for the vehicle).

    From Wiktionary

  • From GP, standing for "general purpose".

    From Wiktionary