jive


1jive

noun \ˈjīv\

: 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

Full Definition of JIVE

1
:  swing music or the dancing performed to it
2
a :  glib, deceptive, or foolish talk
b :  the jargon of hipsters
c :  a special jargon of difficult or slang terms
jivey \ˈjī-vē\ adjective

Examples of JIVE

  1. She grew up talking street jive.
  2. I'm tired of listening to your jive.

Origin of JIVE

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1928

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue

2jive

verb

: to say foolish or deceptive things to (someone)

: to dance to or play jive music

jivedjiv·ing

Full Definition of JIVE

transitive verb
1
:  tease, cajole
2
:  swing 5
intransitive verb
1
:  to talk jive :  kid around
2
:  to dance to or play jive

Examples of JIVE

  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.

First Known Use of JIVE

1928

Related to JIVE

3jive

adjective

Definition of JIVE

slang
:  phony

Examples of JIVE

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

First Known Use of JIVE

1953

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