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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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Examples from the Web for glibly
Historical Examples
  • "Why, he copped the copper's kale," Aggie translated, glibly.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • “God,” answered Carl glibly, as if that must be the only orthodox answer.

    Almost A Man Mary Wood-Allen
  • glibly she had lied to them and her conscience was not troubled.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf Dillon Wallace
  • In verity he knew it as glibly as the alphabet, for he was infinitely painstaking.

  • The girl took the hint and went on glibly "i-e-d," and "went up head."

  • You shall learn your lesson—you who talked so glibly of my secrets.

    The Crooked House

    Brandon Fleming
  • But there he sat, glibly retailing it to his small comrades!

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
  • It was really astonishing how glibly he would talk about religion.

    Mike Marble Uncle Frank
  • He called her 'dear,' and 'dearie,' and 'little pal' too glibly.

    The Root of Evil

    Thomas Dixon
  • He told the truth, now, as glibly as Bunny's friends had lied.

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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