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Meaning of “jive” in the English Dictionary

"jive" in British English

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jivenoun

uk   us   /dʒaɪv/
  • jive noun (DANCE)

[S or U] a ​fastdance that was very ​popular with ​youngpeople in the 1940s and 1950s: My ​fathertaught me how to do the jive.
  • jive noun (TALK)

[U] US slang talk that has no ​meaning or is ​dishonest: Don't ​believe a word he says, it's just a ​bunch of (= a lot of) jive!

jiveverb

uk   us   /dʒaɪv/
  • jive verb (DANCE)

[I] to ​dance a jive
  • jive verb (TALK)

[T] US slang to ​try to make someone ​believe something that is ​untrue: Quit jiving me and just ​tell me where you were!
(Definition of jive from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"jive" in American English

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jivenoun [U]

 us   /dʒɑɪv/ slang
dishonesttalkintended to ​deceive: Don’t give me this jive.
(Definition of jive from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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