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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Definitely more of a passacaglia than a jive.
▪ He even has a hand jive in there too.
▪ He says a lot of corny retro jive that used to go over big in the 1970s.
▪ These people, some people you see, talk jive into good jobs.
▪ Come on, Laura, don't jive me.
▪ Here Rodrigo and Elinor Moynihan would jive until the sweat poured down their faces.
▪ In the space Mr Berkley vacated, another couple started to jive.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

jive \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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1928, "to deceive playfully," also "empty, misleading talk" (n.) and "a style of fast, lively jazz and dance music," American English, from Black English, probably of African origin (compare Wolof jev, jeu "talk about someone absent, especially in a disparaging manner"). Related: Jived; jiving. Used from 1938 for "New York City African-American slang."


"agree," 1943, apparently a mistake for jibe (q.v.).


"not acting right," 1969, U.S. black English, from jive (n.) (see jive (1)). Extended form jive-ass (1964, adj.; 1969, n.) is defined in OED as "A word of fluid meaning and application."


Etymology 1 n. 1 A dance style popular in the 1940–50s. 2 swing, a style of jazz music. 3 A slang associated with jazz musicians; hepcat patois or hipster jargon. 4 (context US colloquial English) nonsense; transparently deceptive talk. 5 (context US colloquial often pejorative English) African American Vernacular English. vb. 1 (context transitive intransitive US colloquial English) To deceive; to be deceptive. 2 (context intransitive colloquial English) To dance. Etymology 2

vb. (context US English) (alternative spelling of jibe English)

  1. 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]

  2. v. dance to jive music; dance the jive


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Jive (dance)

In ballroom dancing, the jive is a dance style that originated in the United States from African-Americans in the early 1930s. It was originally presented to the public in 1934 by Cab Calloway. It is a lively and uninhibited variation of the Jitterbug, a form of Swing dance. Glenn Miller introduced his own jive dance in 1938 with the song "Doin' the Jive" which never caught on.

The jive is one of the five International Latin dances. In competition it is danced at a speed of 176 beats per minute, although in some cases this is reduced to between 128 and 160 beats per minute.

Many of its basic patterns are similar to these of the East Coast Swing with the major difference of highly syncopated rhythm of the Triple Steps ( Chasses), which use straight eighths in ECS and hard swing in Jive. To the players of swing music in the 1930s and 1940s "Jive" was an expression denoting glib or foolish talk. Or derived from the earlier generics for giouba of the African dance Juba dance verbal tradition.

American soldiers brought Lindy Hop/ Jitterbug to Europe around 1940, where this dance swiftly found a following among the young. In the United States the term Swing became the most common word used to describe the dance, and the term "jive" was adopted in the UK. Variations in technique led to styles such as boogie-woogie and swing boogie, with "jive" gradually emerging as the generic term in the UK.

After the war, the boogie became the dominant form for popular music. It was, however, never far from criticism as a foreign, vulgar dance. The famous ballroom dancing guru, Alex Moore, said that he had "never seen anything uglier". English instructors developed the elegant and lively ballroom Jive, danced to slightly slower music. In 1968 it was adopted as the fifth Latin dance in International competitions. The modern form of ballroom jive in the 1990s–present, is a very happy and boppy dance, the lifting of knees and the bending or rocking of the hips often occurs.

Jive (publisher)

is a Japanese publishing company in Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan and was established on May 12, 2003. In 2004, the company sold its stock to Poplar Publishing and now Jive is an affiliate of that company.

Jive (software)

Jive (formerly known as Clearspace, then Jive SBS, then Jive Engage) is a commercial Java EE-based Enterprise 2.0 collaboration and knowledge management tool produced by Jive Software. It was first released as "Clearspace" in 2006, then renamed SBS (for "Social Business Software") in March 2009, then renamed "Jive Engage" in 2011, and renamed simply to "Jive" in 2012.

Jive integrates the functionality of online communities, microblogging, social networking, discussion forums, blogs, wikis, and IM under one unified user interface. Content placed into any of the systems (blog, wiki, documentation, etc.) can be found through a common search interface. Other features include RSS capability, email integration, a reputation and reward system for participation, personal user profiles, JAX-WS web service interoperability, and integration with the Spring Framework.

The product is a pure-Java server-side web application and will run on any platform where Java ( JDK 1.5 or higher) is installed. It does not require a dedicated server - users have reported successful deployment in both shared environments and multiple machine clusters.

As of Jive 8, released March 30, 2015, there is a Jive-n version which is for internal use (hosted by the consumer or hosted by Jive in the cloud) and a Jive-x version which is an external version hosted by Jive in the cloud.

Usage examples of "jive".

His middle finger pointed right at Smoothie, making a silent accusation while Hand Jive moaned deep in his chest.

I only had to look like someone who might be jiving with this freak in a nonmandatory way.

It was time of conservatives and jives, when what you wore also stated what you stood for.

A Shadow station broadcasted the program, which consisted of popular music of the jive variety.

Instead she had command of jive talk, adolescent slang, and high school double-talk which would be meaningless to any but another American bobbysoxer.

Instead she had command of jive talk, adoléscent slang, and high school double-talk which would be meaningless to any but another American bobbysoxer.

A milling sea of multicolored humanity filled it to overflowing as always, shucking and jiving and hustling and rapping and breakdancing and just hanging out.

He Jives nowadays in Melbourne, Australia, and notes that Dreaming Down-Under, the award-winning anthology of Australian M and fantasy he coedited with his wife Janeen Webb, has recently been published in the US.

Watching the tiny scion of Ideal Dry Cleaners jiving along in front of me, the gold earring back in his ear, his hands and feet rolling to the Marley, made me mimic him, and in my jiving I realized how dull and dead I had become in these months, renouncing dancing, denying mere life and mere woods and mountains pulsing with streams and rivulets.

Give one of them a few minutes, and they’ll bend your ear about the Superior philosophy of extropic evolution and all that jive.

I knew it wasn't the way to go about it but I wasn't in the mood for jive.

Music will give place to jiving: which as far as I can make out means holding a 'jam session' round a piano (an instrument properly intended to produce the sounds devised by, say, Chopin) and hitting it so hard that it breaks.

If Gadgets had been there, they would have jived a duet of "Be prepared!

Gadgets jived through the electronic encoding circuits of the NSA equipment.

She was over at the bar where several black guys were sitting with their hats on, glancing at themselves in the bar mirror as they talked and jived around.