One entry found for jeep.
Main Entry: jeep
Etymology: an altered form of g.p., an abbreviation for "general purpose," influenced by the name Eugene the Jeep, a comic strip character : a small general-purpose motor vehicle with four-wheel drive used by the U.S. Army in World War II Word History In March 1936 in newspapers across the country, Popeye's girlfriend, Olive Oyl, was delivered a box labeled "Eugene the Jeep." The contents of the box turned out to be a friendly little animal that made the sound "jeep." Elzie Segar, the creator of the comic strip, went on with the story of Eugene the Jeep through much of 1936. In 1937 work began on the development of an all-purpose vehicle for the military. When this vehicle was ready for use, it was apparently called g.p. for "general purpose." Probably because of the popularity of Eugene the Jeep, the pronunciation of g.p. was shortened to one syllable, and the spelling jeep became normal.