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