Nearby words

Origin of jive

1920–25; origin obscure; alleged to be an alteration of gibe1, though the shift in sense and phonetic change are unexplained

Related forms

jiv·er, noun

Can be confused

gibe gybe jib jibe jive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for jive

British Dictionary definitions for jive


/ (dʒaɪv) /


a style of lively and jerky dance performed to jazz and, later, to rock and roll, popular esp in the 1940s and 1950s
Also called: jive talk a variety of American slang spoken chiefly by Black people, esp jazz musicians
  1. slang, mainly US deliberately misleading or deceptive talk
  2. (as modifier)jive talk


(intr) to dance the jive
slang, mainly US to mislead; tell lies (to)

Derived Forms

jiver, noun

Word Origin for jive

C20: of unknown origin
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