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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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  • He was bound for the home of a strange family, speaking a tongue in which he was far from glib.

    Villa Elsa Stuart Henry
  • With what glib facility they describe, but how inadequately they convey.

    The Friendly Road (AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker
  • 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
  • At thirty he was a glib, spry person with a fancy for gay housings.

    Sundry Accounts Irvin S. Cobb
  • "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


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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