Meaning of “jive” in the English Dictionary

"jive" in British English

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uk /dʒaɪv/ us /dʒaɪv/

jive noun (DANCE)

[ S or U ] a fast dance that was very popular with young people in the 1940s and 1950s:

My father taught 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!


uk /dʒaɪv/ 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

dishonest talk intended to deceive:

Don’t give me this jive.

(Definition of “jive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)