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a. Jazz or swing music.
b. The jargon of jazz musicians and enthusiasts.
2. Slang Deceptive, nonsensical, or glib talk: "the sexist, locker-room jive of men boasting and bonding" (Trip Gabriel).
v. jived, jiv·ing, jives
1. To play or dance to jive music.
a. To talk in an exaggerated, teasing, or misleading way.
b. To talk or chat: "You just jive in one big group, putting each other on, trying to top the last line" (Time).
3. (Usage Problem) To be in accord.
To speak to (someone) in an exaggerated, teasing, or misleading way.
Misleading, phony, or worthless: talking jive nonsense.
jiv′ey, jiv′y adj.
Usage Note: The verb jive is often used in place of its near sound-alike jibe to mean "to be compatible, agree." The Usage Panel views this as a mistake. In our 2004 survey, 93 percent of the Panel rejected the sentence The two accounts of the incident didn't quite jive.
1. (Dancing) 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
a. slang chiefly US deliberately misleading or deceptive talk
b. (as modifier): jive talk.
4. (Dancing) (intr) to dance the jive
5. slang chiefly US to mislead; tell lies (to)
[C20: of unknown origin]
n., v. jived, jiv•ing,
1. swing music or early jazz.
2. the jargon associated with swing music and early jazz.
3. Slang. deceptive, exaggerated, or meaningless talk.v.i.
4. to play jive.
5. to dance to jive; jitterbug.
6. Slang. to engage in kidding, teasing, or exaggeration.v.t.
7. Slang. to tease; fool; kid.adj.
8. Slang. insincere or deceptive.
[1925–30, Amer.; orig. obscure]
jiv′ey, adj. jiv•i•er, jiv•i•est.
Past participle: jived
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|Noun||1.||jive - a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz|
jazz - a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
|Verb||1.||jive - dance to jive music; dance the jive|
dancing, terpsichore, dance, saltation - taking a series of rhythmical steps (and movements) in time to music
1. (= music, dancing) → swing m