[ jahyv ]
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  1. swing music or early jazz.

  2. the jargon associated with swing music and early jazz.

  1. Slang. deceptive, exaggerated, or meaningless talk: Don't give me any of that jive!

verb (used without object),jived, jiv·ing.
  1. to play jive.

  2. to dance to jive; jitterbug.

  1. Slang. to engage in kidding, teasing, or exaggeration.

verb (used with object),jived, jiv·ing.
  1. Slang. to tease; fool; kid: Stop jiving me!

  1. Slang. insincere, pretentious, or deceptive.

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

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British Dictionary definitions for jive


/ (dʒaɪv) /

  1. a style of lively and jerky dance performed to jazz and, later, to rock and roll, popular esp in the 1940s and 1950s

  2. 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

  1. (intr) to dance the jive

  2. slang, mainly US to mislead; tell lies (to)

Origin of jive

C20: of unknown origin

Derived forms of jive

  • jiver, noun

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