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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.
2. Slang
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.
v.tr. Slang
To speak to (someone) in an exaggerated, teasing, or misleading way.
adj. Slang
Misleading, phony, or worthless: talking jive nonsense.

[Origin unknown.]

jiv′er n.
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.




adj, -vier or -viest
jazzy, lively
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FRANNIE AND TIMOTHY: "If the words sound queer and funny to your ear, /A little bit jumbled and jivey, /Sing 'Mares eat oats/And does eat oats/And little lambs eat ivy.
Mark Moseley substitutes as the jivey fire-breather's voice, and he's quite funny.
Some of the partnering momentarily imparted a jazzy, jivey feel, but also a basic disconnection.