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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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  • In the third section of the book, devoted to the months after the election, the glibness recedes.
  • Examined whether lengthy responses to the blank card reflect a contaminating factor such as glibness in creativity research.
  • In fact, their failure in school has protected them from certain kinds of glibness and beating about the bush.
  • His nonchalant charm and his intelligence are more evident in the film than occasional glibness.
  • Even quick-thinking responses in debates may indicate glibness rather than understanding.
  • Without restraint, he actually makes a method of annoyance out of his customary glibness and charm.
British Dictionary definitions for glibness


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 glibness



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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