Slang attested in African-American and rural-American culture. Frequently used to imply lying, verbal deception or trickery.
Possible historical antecedent: see gyve
- To speak using a jibe or interconnected jibes.
- (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.
- (intransitive, colloquial) To agree, to accord.
- We don’t quite understand how these two issues jive.
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) Alternative spelling of jibe.
"Jive" is often used incorrectly in place of "jibe", meaning "to agree or accord". While one recent dictionary accepts this usage, most sources consider this an error.
See also jive turkey for related expression.