verb (used without object), jived, jiv·ing.
verb (used with object), jived, jiv·ing.
Origin of jive
- slang, mainly USdeliberately misleading or deceptive talk
- (as modifier)jive talk
Word Origin for jive
1928, "to deceive playfully," also "empty, misleading talk" (n.) and "a style of fast, lively jazz and dance music," American English, from Black English, probably of African origin (cf. Wolof jev, jeu "talk about someone absent, especially in a disparaging manner"). Related: Jived; jiving. Used from 1938 for "New York City African-American slang."
"agree," 1943, apparently a mistake for jibe (q.v.).
"not acting right," 1969, U.S. black English, from jive (n.) (see jive (1)). Extended form jive-ass (1964, adj.; 1969, n.) is defined in OED as "A word of fluid meaning and application."