Slang attested in African-American and rural-American culture. Frequently used to imply lying, verbal deception or trickery.
Possible historical antecedent: see 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 pejorative) African American Vernacular English.
- (US) Alternative spelling of
"Jive" and "jibe" have been used interchangeably in the U.S. 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 related expression.