Jibe, Jive

The verb jibe means "to fit," "to be in harmony with": His version did not jibe with hers.

Many people say jive when they mean jibe, but jive, noun and verb, is African-American slang that originally referred to up-tempo, jazzy music. Then it became a term for hipster jargon. It has come to mean dishonesty, silliness, or inanity: talking jive is lying or talking nonsense. Stop jiving means "Stop fooling around."


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