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glib

[glib] /glɪb/
adjective, glibber, glibbest.
1.
readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so:
a glib talker; glib answers.
2.
easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners.
3.
Archaic. agile; spry.
Origin of glib
1585-1595
1585-95; compare obsolete glibbery slippery (cognate with Dutch glibberig)
Related forms
glibly, adverb
glibness, noun
unglib, adjective
unglibly, adverb
Synonyms
1. talkative, loquacious; facile, smooth. See fluent.
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  • He was bound for the home of a strange family, speaking a tongue in which he was far from glib.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • By that most glib and specious explanation Cynthia was convinced.

    The Tavern Knight Rafael Sabatini
  • To stand up before men and pour forth a stream of glib words is generally to make yourself obnoxious to them.

    The Wisdom of Confucius Epiphanius Wilson
  • In the most perfunctory and glib manner I gave the Royal Toast.

  • "I said that anything she said would be taken down by myself and used in evidence against her," was the glib response.

    The Magnificent Montez Horace Wyndham
British Dictionary definitions for glib

glib

/ɡlɪb/
adjective glibber, glibbest
1.
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
adj.

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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