Definitions

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

  • n. Jazz or swing music.
  • n. The jargon of jazz musicians and enthusiasts.
  • n. Slang Deceptive, nonsensical, or glib talk: "the sexist, locker-room jive of men boasting and bonding” ( Trip Gabriel).
  • intransitive v. To play or dance to jive music.
  • intransitive v. Slang To talk nonsense; kid.
  • intransitive v. Slang To talk or chat: "You just jive in one big group, putting each other on, trying to top the last line” ( Time).
  • transitive v. Slang To cajole or mislead.
  • adj. Slang Misleading; phony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

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

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

Etymologies

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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