Origin of lib
Origin of lib.1
- something improvised in speech, music, etc.: Was that joke part of your speech or an ad lib?
- at one's pleasure; without restriction.
- freely; as needed; without stint: Water can be given to the patients ad lib.
Origin of ad lib
Examples from the Web for lib
Nick Clegg, the Lib Dem Deputy Prime Minister, attacked the Conservatives for their predictable response to the report.Britain Admits Anti-Drug Laws Are Useless
October 30, 2014
In contrast to that finale, That Girl ends with Ann Marie taking her fiancé to a Women's Lib meeting.Marlo Thomas Says Girls Should Feel Free to Be Like Hannah Horvath
April 24, 2014
Some Lib Dem supporters sought to dismiss the allegations as overblown.Britain's Liberal Democrats Need a Sexual Harassment Training
February 26, 2013
In London, the Lib Dem mayoral candidate, Brian Paddick, came in fourth place behind the Green Party candidate, Jenny Jones.Mayor of London Boris Johnson Survives Unexpectedly Close Vote
May 5, 2012
She was in New York during the swinging ‘60s—and a well-respected female editor during the years of Women’s Lib.The Empress of Fashion’s Legacy
September 2, 2011
We crept to the back of the bower, and Lib leaned over and looked in.
Scævolæ Sammarthani, Elogia doctorum in Gallia virorum, lib.The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)
Henry Martyn Baird
Then after awhile I strolls down to the lib'ry and makes myself to home some more.Torchy
They bunched together panicky and started back for the lib'ry.
But there's someone in the lib'ry you could soothe with a word or two maybe.
- informal, sometimes derogatory short for liberation (def. 2)
Word Origin and History for lib
1969, American English, shortening of liberation, used with possessives, originally in Women's Lib. Colloquial shortening libber for liberationist is attested from 1971.
1811, shortened from Latin ad libitum "at one's pleasure, as much as one likes" (c.1600), from libere "to please" (see libido). First recorded as one word 1919 (v.), 1925 (n.).
- ad libitum (freely, as desired)