1. to engage in sexual intercourse.
|Walls Of Jericho 144: Jivin’ a dickty gal now.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 108: Now I jived this little broad and carried her to the East / and when my dough got low, boy, this was her beef.|
|Semi-Tough 161: Like when you’re really jivin’. Heard any good audibles lately?|
|(con. 1970) 13th Valley (1983) 242: Honky’s fag. You jive with them cocksuckers in Fag Hilton.|
2. (also jibe, jive up) to talk nonsense, to deceive, trick or flatter by apparently empty chatter; thus jive about with, give some jive, to play with, to mess around.
|‘Good Chib Blues’ [lyrics] Don’t try to jive me, sweet talk can’t make me stay.|
|Flash! (Wash., D.C.) 21 Feb. 11/1: jive—Sometimes spelled jibe; meaning to dwell intently upon an effusive exhortation along some particular line minus sincerity.|
|‘Hep Cat’s Love Song’ [lyrics] You may say that I’m jivin’, / But it’s you that I’m thinkin’ of, / It’s not imagination or infatuation.|
|Waiters 220: You can’t jive the jiver [...] I back cap all plays.|
|Life 14 Apr. 131: Don’t jive me up.|
|Howard Street 138: That was last night and I was jivin’, woman [...] you know a man’ll say anything in bed.|
|Carlito’s Way 71: You know I ain’t ever jived you, Carlos.|
|A-Team Storybook 5: ‘Don’t you try jivin’ me!’ he growled.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 27: Most of the time they were jivin’, lying to girls about how much they liked them.|
|Stalker (2001) 518: You aren’t in any position to jive me, so cut the crap and answer me.|
3. to play or dance to jive music, to have a good time.
|His Hi De Highness of Ho De Ho 35/2: ‘Jiving’, meaning to improvise.|
|An Indiscreet Guide to Soho 106: A boy [...] known as ‘Snake-eyes,’ does a little jiving by himself in the corner.|
|Corner Boy 59: That babe don’t jive.|
|Coll. Poems (1988) 141: This makes them join (the boys) the tennis club, / Jive at the Mecca, use deodorants.‘Breadfruit’ in|
|AS L:1/2 62: jive [...] 2: vi Go out on the town, have a good time.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
|Guardian Rev. 9 Oct. 5: I smashed my mum’s best vase while jiving in the lounge.|
4. to tease, to make fun of.
|AS XIII:4 317: To jive around.|
|Jam. Dialect Poems 28: Wen dem get hot an mad yuh, / Dem crack sweet joke an jive.‘Belly-Full’ in|
|World’s Toughest Prison 805: jive – Small talk; to josh.|
|Last Toke 83: You jivin’ me, girl?|
|(con. 1982–6) Cocaine Kids (1990) 91: What was once called ‘jiving’ and heard only in pool halls, on street corners, in school yards, game rooms and juke joints has become a new musical-linguistic form.|
5. to converse, to talk.
|Big Con 285: Criminal narcotic addicts [...] talk or jive incessantly in their own argot.|
|Tell Them Nothing (1956) 2: Them two is jiving each other about the job.‘Tell Them Nothing’ in|
|Huncke’s Journal (1998) 54: We all three jived for a few seconds – and I departed.‘Beware of Fallen Angels’ in|
|Grease 71: He was snapping his fingers and shaking his hips as he circled the car, laying his jive on us.|
6. to idle, to loaf about.
|Seize the Time 25: A whole big crowd of cats jiving and watching me cuss him out.|
|Serial 50: Jiving around drinking beer.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 30: Got to jive to stay alive.|
7. to saunter, to swagger, to dodge.
|Instant Replay 177: He kept jiving up and down the aisle, showing off his rug and shades.|
|Tenants (1972) 145: Also lots of people who jived around in my mind just laid down and died when I wrote them in language.|
|Paco’s Story (1987) 8: Shucking and jiving, juking and high-stepping, rolling his eyes and snapping his fingers in time.|
(US) to tease, to provoke.
|Chicago Defender 12 Oct. 9/5: If ‘Dig that high-jivin’ chick layin’ her racket over at my crib, with those conked rug-cutters’ isn’t Harlemese for ‘Look at that ritzy miss trying to make an impression in my home with those slick-haired ballroom dancers’ then sue the fellow who told me it was.|
|New Yorker 12 Mar. 36: Don’ high-gyve Boo.|
|Really the Blues n.p.: [dedication] To the sweet-talkers, the gumbeaters, the high-jivers, out of the gallion for good and never going to take low again. (You got to make it, daddy.).|
|(con. 1948) Flee the Angry Strangers 33: Those junkies, they’ll bring you down, Dinch, they’ll highjive you till you get hooked with them.|
|Blue Movie (1974) 122: Teasing, cajoling, flattering and high-jiving the enchanted Pamela.|
(US campus) to have a very good time .
|AS L:1/2 62: jive and juke v phr Have an exceptionally good time.‘Razorback Sl.’ in|
1. to tease, to make fun of, to fool around.
|‘Sl. among Nebraska Negroes’ in AS XIII:4 Dec. 317/1: Some verbal usages among Nebraska Negroes are to [...] jive around, to cat around. They are used with a rather indefinite meaning, perhaps ‘to fool around.’.|
|(con. 1953–7) Violent Gang (1967) 28: Oh, man, we just jive around with that stuff.|
|Choirboys (1976) 83: I don’t know why the fuck I let you jive me around like this.|
|in Sex Work (1988) 57: You musta been jivin’ roun’ smokin’ weed wid the other bitches!|
2. to tell lies, to deceive.
|Howard Street 162: Ain’t no jivin’ around, ’cause bein’ happily married is what they always dreamed about.|
|Last Toke 76: Foo youself into another humbolt if y’all keep jivin’ ’round with them tricks.|
to deceive, to trick, to cheat.
|Mama Black Widow 213: You’re not smart enough to jive me out of a nickel.|
SE in slang uses
(US teen) a good dancer.
|Yank (Far East edn) 24 Mar. 18/2–3: Some of today’s teen-agers – pleasantly not many – talk the strange new language of ‘sling swing.’ In the bright lexicon of the good citizens of tomorrow [...] A fancy dancer is a ‘jive bomber’ or a ‘cloud walker’.|