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glib

[glib] /glɪb/
adjective, glibber, glibbest.
1.
readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so:
a glib talker; glib answers.
2.
easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners.
3.
Archaic. agile; spry.
Origin of glib
1585-1595
1585-95; compare obsolete glibbery slippery (cognate with Dutch glibberig)
Related forms
glibly, adverb
glibness, noun
unglib, adjective
unglibly, adverb
Synonyms
1. talkative, loquacious; facile, smooth. See fluent.
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  • At any rate, he proceeded with an unusual fluency and glibness.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • "I only said that the once," said Wully, shocked at her glibness in the uptake.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • But this skill of tongue, this glibness of speech is hardly an affair of intellect at all.

    The Duke's Children

    Anthony Trollope
  • Then the glibness and merit of some of their answers surprised and amused him.

    Peg Woffington Charles Reade
  • "Miss Baker is engaged," she announced, with the glibness of previous preparation.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
  • Nevertheless despite the glibness with which he uttered it, he cringed and a flood of telltale color rose to his hair.

  • "Oh, he gives thunderingly to the missionary societies," said Reuben, with a glibness that grated on the father's ear.

British Dictionary definitions for glibness

glib

/ɡlɪb/
adjective glibber, glibbest
1.
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

glib

adj.

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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