jive turkey

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Coined in the 1970s, African-American.

Noun[edit]

jive turkey (plural jive turkeys)

  1. (US, idiomatic, slang) Someone who is jiving, as in dancing. Often applied to people being funny or showy.
  2. (US, idiomatic, slang) Someone who is jiving, as in behaving in a glib and disingenuous fashion.