Jive is a lively type of music that first became popular in the 1930s. If you’ve seen movies with people wearing 1930s clothing fast dancing and spinning around, chances are they’re dancing to jive music.

You can listen to jive or you can jive, because the word is both a noun and a verb. When you jive, be prepared to do a lot of spinning and swinging. It's often done to a style of big band music called "swing," because the dancers hold hands and swing each other around. Jive also means glib, fancy talk. If you're bragging about things you didn't even do, someone might tell you to quit your jive.

Definitions of jive
  1. noun
    a style of jazz played by big bands popular in the 1930s; flowing rhythms but less complex than later styles of jazz
    synonyms: swing, swing music
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    type of:
    a genre of popular music that originated in New Orleans around 1900 and developed through increasingly complex styles
  2. verb
    dance to jive music; dance the jive
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    type of:
    dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
    move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance
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