[ jahyv ]
/ dʒaɪv /
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swing music or early jazz.
the jargon associated with swing music and early jazz.
Slang. deceptive, exaggerated, or meaningless talk: Don't give me any of that jive!
verb (used without object), jived, jiv·ing.
to play jive.
to dance to jive; jitterbug.
Slang. to engage in kidding, teasing, or exaggeration.
verb (used with object), jived, jiv·ing.
Slang. to tease; fool; kid: Stop jiving me!
Slang. insincere, pretentious, or deceptive.
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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 jivejiver, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH jivejibe, jive
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How to use jive in a sentence
An emaciated Steve Jobs jiving from an underground lair about his health is quicksand.
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
- slang, mainly US deliberately misleading or deceptive talk
- (as modifier)jive talk
(intr) to dance the jive
slang, mainly US to mislead; tell lies (to)
Derived forms of jivejiver, noun
Word Origin for jive
C20: of unknown origin
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