Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Jazz or swing music.
  • noun The jargon of jazz musicians and enthusiasts.
  • noun Slang Deceptive, nonsensical, or glib talk.
  • intransitive verb To play or dance to jive music.
  • intransitive verb To talk in an exaggerated, teasing, or misleading way.
  • intransitive verb To talk or chat.
  • intransitive verb To be in accord.
  • intransitive verb To speak to (someone) in an exaggerated, teasing, or misleading way.
  • adjective Misleading, phony, or worthless.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To speak using a jibe or interconnected jibes.
  • verb transitive, intransitive, US, colloquial To deceive; to be deceptive.
  • verb intransitive, colloquial To dance.
  • noun A dance style popular in the 1940–50s.
  • noun Swing, a style of jazz music.
  • noun A slang associated with jazz musicians; hepcat patois or hipster jargon.
  • noun US, colloquial Nonsense; transparently deceptive talk.
  • verb US Alternative spelling of jibe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
  • verb dance to jive music; dance the jive

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

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Unknown.

Examples

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  • Jive is a dance style in 4/4 time that originated among African-Americans in the early 1940s. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug, a form of Swing dance.

    In Ballroom dancing, Jive is one of the five International Latin dances. In competition it is danced at a speed of 44 bars per minute, although in other cases this is reduced to between 32 and 40 bars per minute.

    _Wikipedia

    February 26, 2008