Unknown. Slang attested in African-American and rural American culture. Frequently used to imply lying, verbal deception or trickery. Has a possible historical antecedent in gyve.
- (transitive, intransitive, US, colloquial) To deceive; to be deceptive.
- Don’t try to jive me! I know where you were last night!
- (intransitive, colloquial) To dance.
jive (plural jives)
- A dance style popular in the 1940–50s.
- Swing, a style of jazz music.
- A slang associated with jazz musicians; hepcat patois or hipster jargon.
- (US, colloquial) Nonsense; transparently deceptive talk.
- Don’t give me that jive. I know where you were last night.
- (US, colloquial, often derogatory) African American Vernacular English.
dance style popular in the 1940–50s
- (US) Alternative spelling of
- "Jive" and "jibe" have been used interchangeably in the US to indicate the concept "to agree or accord." While one recent dictionary accepts this usage of "jive," most sources consider it to be in error.
- See also "jive turkey" for a related expression.