Learn English – Origin of ‘jive’, ‘jive turkey’


What's the origin of the word 'jive'? I'm partly confused because I thought "to jive" meant "to go well with," like "that approach jives well with me."

Then someone called me a jive turkey. Is that the same "jive"?

Looking at dictionary.com it's defined as "deceptive, exaggerated, or meaningless talk", "to engage in kidding, teasing, or exaggeration," etc. That works for "jive turkey" but not for what I originally thought "jive" meant. I think that meaning exists, though, as evidenced by the all-powerful google.

Best Answer

I think the "to go well with" meaning is actually a corruption of jibe a completely different sound alike.