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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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  • Andreas makes good points: the ending of my piece tried to condense four decades into ten sentences, perhaps a little too glibly.
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  • On the other, the books we've sort of read and glibly lie about having finished.
  • But it lacks depth and resonance, and it resolves itself as glibly as any situation comedy.
  • One of the movie's motifs, aimless acquisition as alienation, is laid out a little too glibly.
  • Editorial writers and military commentators used it glibly.
  • Everybody, it is glibly alleged, can recognize that they were designed.
  • And you gloss glibly over that there's not always a clear line between life-threatening and non life threatening.
  • We all talk glibly today about the communications revolution, but it isn't a communications revolution.
British Dictionary definitions for glibly


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 glibly



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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