- 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
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Examples from the Web for glib
But this cynical take is too glib and sweeping to explain everything.Why Some Americans Are More Equal Than Others
September 2, 2014
“We should not let people get away with this glib excuse that this is about voter fraud,” says Ornstein.The ID Whose Time Has Come
April 16, 2014
Truth in Advertising balances the droll with the hopeful and the glib with the heartfelt.This Week’s Hot Reads: Jan. 7, 2013
January 7, 2013
Debate, as we saw last Wednesday night, sometimes over-rewards the glib one-liner, or incentivizes stubborn misrepresentation.Obama’s Debate Performance: How Twitter Has Done Us Wrong
October 10, 2012
His glib, even slick performance may score with debate coaches but the American people may not be similarly wowed.Mitt Romney’s Glib Performance Won the Debate, but What About Voters?
October 4, 2012
She evidently did not relish his glib talk about the university.In the Midst of Alarms
By that most glib and specious explanation Cynthia was convinced.The Tavern Knight
But he did not look as if the message was one which he could deliver with a glib tongue.The O'Ruddy
In the most perfunctory and glib manner I gave the Royal Toast.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)
There are questions that the glib unbeliever may ask that we can not answer.The Hunters of the Ozark
Edward S. Ellis
- fluent and easy, often in an insincere or deceptive way
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.