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[glib] /glɪb/
adjective, glibber, glibbest.
readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so:
a glib talker; glib answers.
easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners.
Archaic. agile; spry.
Origin of glib
1585-95; compare obsolete glibbery slippery (cognate with Dutch glibberig)
Related forms
glibly, adverb
glibness, noun
unglib, adjective
unglibly, adverb
1. talkative, loquacious; facile, smooth. See fluent. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glib
  • Many senior administrators are smooth and glib, in the manner of politicians.
  • He comes over as a glib young man with a partisan take on politics, expressed in what he thought was a private conversation.
  • This entertaining if occasionally glib volume may seem to some readers a model of how to put one's own life into verse.
  • What stood out was his glib chatter.
  • The glib answers — pull out, fight harder — aren't viable options.
  • But as a standalone explanation, this just feels too glib, too easy.
  • Sometimes I wonder if the astrophysicists have been too glib for their own good.
  • He is breezy without being glib, and original without being eccentric.
  • The parallelism, while rhetorically effective, was also overly glib.
  • I'm suspicious of any answer that is too quick and too glib.
British Dictionary definitions for glib


adjective glibber, glibbest
fluent and easy, often in an insincere or deceptive way
Derived Forms
glibly, adverb
glibness, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from Middle Low German glibberich slippery
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Word Origin and History for glib

1590s, "smooth and slippery," possibly a shortening of obsolete glibbery "slippery," which is perhaps from Low German glibberig "smooth, slippery," from Middle Low German glibberich, from or related to glibber "jelly." Of words, speakers, etc., from c.1600. Related: Glibly; glibness.

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