AskDefine | Define jive

Dictionary Definition

jive n : a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz [syn: swing, swing music] v : dance to jive music; dance the jive

User Contributed Dictionary



  • ˈdʒaɪv
    Rhymes with: -aɪv




  1. In the context of "US|colloquial": To be deceptive.
    Don’t try to jive me! I know where you were last night!
  2. In the context of "US|colloquial": To dance.
    You can dance, you can jive, having the time of your life; ooh, see that girl, watch that scene, dig in the dancing queen!
  3. In the context of "US|colloquial": To agree or accord.
    That explanation at least jives with what we know.


be deceptive
  • Dutch: misleiden, blaasjes wijsmaken
  • Finnish: hämätä
  • Dutch: dansen, swingen
  • Finnish: tanssia
agree or accord
  • Dutch: kloppen, overeenstemmen


  1. In the context of "US|colloquial": Nonsense; transparently deceptive talk.
    Don’t give me that jive. I know where you were last night.


deceptive talk

Usage notes

"Jive" and "jibe" are frequently used interchangeably in the U.S. to indicate the concept "to agree or accord". However, while one recent dictionary accepts this usage, most sources consider this an error.

See also

Extensive Definition

Jive may refer to:
Jive may also be used for:
jive in Japanese: ジャイヴ (曖昧さ回避)
jive in Finnish: Jive

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acid rock, avant-garde jazz, badinage, ballroom music, banter, bebop, boogie-woogie, bop, chaff, country rock, dance music, dances, exchange, folk rock, fooling, fooling around, fun, give-and-take, good-natured banter, hard rock, harmless teasing, haze, hot jazz, jape, jazz, jest, joke, jolly, josh, kid, kidding, kidding around, mainstream jazz, musical suite, needle, persiflage, play jazz, pleasantry, put on, rag, ragtime, raillery, rally, rallying, razz, rhythm-and-blues, rib, ride, ridicule, roast, rock, rock-and-roll, sport, suite, suite of dances, swing, syncopate, syncopated music, syncopation, tease, the new music, twit
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