Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Used to express surprise or annoyance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. used to express surprise

Etymologies

Alteration of Jesus1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of Jesus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Prone to exclaiming "jeepers" in interviews, the kindly Mr. Fernandez would try to explain the enduring popularity of "Speed Racer" by pointing to children's fascination with cars and the show's emphasis on Speed's family relationships.

    Actor and writer Peter Fernandez, 83, dies; brought 'Speed Racer' to U.S.

  • His sweater vests, his propensity to say "jeepers," and his insistence on going to sleep at 9: 00 sharp -- it all makes him seem like a very old man.

    Literary Mama: Literary Mama Home

  • "We couldn't say God so we said 'gad;' we couldn't say Jesus Christ so we said 'jeepers',"

    NPR Topics: News

  • He is a '60s renegade not afraid to use a corny word like "jeepers," and he displayed a ripe sense of humor about some of his younger antics - he once attended a press tour barefoot (although the suit was bespoke and the tie Hermes).

    chicagotribune.com -

  • It was unlistenable, as I remember it, but it sure scared the jeepers out of me as a youngster.

    William Shatner Reads Edgar Allan Poe

  • I was feeling like a complete failure because, jeepers, java moss is supposed to be fairly indestructiable.

    Day in the Life of an Idiot

  • Documents relating to my limited time with SF duty have been lost over the years much to my chagrin and as the result I have not wore a beret in jeepers over 5 years now and will never be wearing it again.

    Charles Allen Lewis aka Chuck

  • September 2nd, 2009 10: 18 am ET jeepers, its the republican GOD thing, again. leave that crap at home and just do what you are getting paid quite well for. is it too much to ask? what a schmuck!

    Sanford: Now I know what Palin felt like

  • News of Google's local bedbug outbreak first spread on Thursday when a person who claims to work for the company sent a Twitter message saying, "jeepers i am not immune from the bedbug epidemic. bedbugs have been found at work."

    Google Offices Report Bedbugs Infestation

  • I hope Obama gets what he wants out of these people, but, jeepers, what a disappointing set of choices they are.

    Obama Camp Announces Foreign Policy Advisory Team

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.