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jive

noun \ ˈjīv \
Updated on: 2 Apr 2018

Definition of jive

1 a : glib, deceptive, or foolish talk
  • tired of listening to his jive
b : the jargon of hipsters
c : a special jargon of difficult or slang terms
  • street jive
2 : swing music or the dancing performed to it

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.

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jive vs. jibe

People began confusing jive and jibe almost immediately after jive entered our language in the late 1920s. In particular, jive is often used as a variant for the sense of jibe meaning “agree,” as in “that doesn’t jive with my memory of what happened.” This use of jive, although increasingly common, is widely considered to be an error. Jibe, however, is accepted as a variant spelling of an entirely different word, which is gibe (“to utter taunting words”).

Origin and Etymology of jive

origin unknown

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jive

verb

Definition of jive

jived; jiving
1 : to say foolish, deceptive, or unserious things to (someone)
  • He's jiving you.
2 : swing 5
1 : to talk in a foolish, deceptive, or unserious way : to talk jive (see 1jive 1)
  • He's just jiving.
2 : to dance to or play jive (see 1jive 2)

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.

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Origin and Etymology of jive

see 1jive

jive Synonyms

Phrases

crack wise;


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jive

adjective

Definition of jive

slang
: phony
  • if you are late getting to heaven, you will give Saint Peter some jive excuse
  • —Langston Hughes

Examples of jive in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of jive

see 1jive

JIVE Defined for English Language Learners

jive

Definition of jive for English Language Learners

  • : 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


jive

Definition of jive for English Language Learners

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

  • : to dance to or play jive music



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