Definition of jive noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//dʒaɪv//
    ; NAmE NAmE//dʒaɪv//
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  1. 1[uncountable, singular] a fast dance to music with a strong beat, especially popular in the 1950s
  2. 2[uncountable] (North American English, old-fashioned, informal) nonsense to talk jive
  3. Word Origin1920s (originally US denoting meaningless or misleading speech): of unknown origin; the later musical sense ‘jazz’ gave rise to ‘dance performed to jazz’ (1940s).
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