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jive

play
noun \ˈjīv\

Simple Definition of jive

  • : informal language that includes many slang terms

  • : deceptive or foolish talk

  • : a type of fast lively music that was especially popular in the early part of the 20th century; also : a dance performed to this type of music

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of jive

  1. 1 :  swing music or the dancing performed to it

  2. 2 a :  glib, deceptive, or foolish talk b :  the jargon of hipsters c :  a special jargon of difficult or slang terms

jivey

play \ˈjī-vē\ adjective

Examples of jive in a sentence

  1. She grew up talking street jive.

  2. I'm tired of listening to your jive.



Origin and Etymology of jive

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1928


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jive

verb

Simple Definition of jive

  • : to say foolish or deceptive things to (someone)

  • : to dance to or play jive music

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of jive

jived

jiving

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  tease, cajole

  3. 2 :  swing 5

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to talk jive :  kid around

  6. 2 :  to dance to or play jive

Examples of jive in a sentence

  1. I know he's just jiving me.

  2. Don't take him seriously—he's just jiving.

  3. Everyone was jiving to the beat.



1928

First Known Use of jive

1928


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jive

adjective

Definition of jive

slang

  1. :  phony



Examples of jive in a sentence

  1. <don't give me that jive talk about me being your new best friend>



1953

First Known Use of jive

1953



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