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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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  • I am ready to discourse on all or any of the great Abstractions with the glibness of the shallow mind.

  • At any rate, he proceeded with an unusual fluency and glibness.

    Angel Island Inez Haynes Gillmore
  • Nevertheless despite the glibness with which he uttered it, he cringed and a flood of telltale color rose to his hair.

  • "I only said that the once," said Wully, shocked at her glibness in the uptake.

    Bud Neil Munro
  • "Miss Baker is engaged," she announced, with the glibness of previous preparation.

    Ben Blair Will Lillibridge
  • Ethel was astounded at the glibness of invention which could instantly bring forth such an idea.

    Leonora Arnold Bennett
  • But this skill of tongue, this glibness of speech is hardly an affair of intellect at all.

    The Duke's Children Anthony Trollope
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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