- 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 glibness
Seeing it written down, it looks dangerously close to glibness.How One Doctor Mastered the Art of Delivering Life-Changing Diagnoses
March 22, 2014
Then as now, inside the Washington Beltway hubris and glibness go hand in hand.30 Years After the Beirut Bombing We Have Learned Nothing
October 23, 2013
The men in The Group behave with glibness, condescension, and even brutality toward the Vassar grads.American Dreams, 1963: ‘The Group’ by Mary McCarthy
July 25, 2013
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
But this skill of tongue, this glibness of speech is hardly an affair of intellect at all.The Duke's Children
Then the glibness and merit of some of their answers surprised and amused him.Peg Woffington
"Miss Baker is engaged," she announced, with the glibness of previous preparation.Ben Blair
- fluent and easy, often in an insincere or deceptive way
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.