[ ad-lib, ad- ]
/ ædˈlɪb, ˈæd- /
verb (used with object), ad-libbed, ad-lib·bing.
to improvise all or part of (a speech, a piece of music, etc.): to ad-lib one's lines.
verb (used without object), ad-libbed, ad-lib·bing.
to act, speak, etc., without preparation: Throughout the play he had to ad-lib constantly.
impromptu; extemporaneous: ad-lib remarks to hecklers.
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Origin of ad-lib
1915–20, Americanism; v. use of ad lib
OTHER WORDS FROM ad-libad-lib·ber, noun
Words nearby ad-lib
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British Dictionary definitions for adlibbed
/ (ædˈlɪb) /
verb -libs, -libbing or -libbed
to improvise and deliver without preparation (a speech, musical performance, etc)
adjective (ad lib when predicative)
adverb ad lib
without restraint; freely
music short for ad libitum
an improvised performance, often humorous
Derived forms of ad-libad-libber, noun
Word Origin for ad-lib
C18: short for Latin ad libitum, literally: according to pleasure
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