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Origin of jive

First recorded in 1925–30; origin obscure; alleged to be an alteration of gibe1, though the shift in sense and phonetic change are unexplained

OTHER WORDS FROM jive

jiver, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH jive

jibe, jive
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How to use jive in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for jive

jive
/ (dʒaɪv) /

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

Derived forms of jive

jiver, noun

Word Origin for jive

C20: of unknown origin
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