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adjective, glib·ber, glib·best.
  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.
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Origin of glib

1585–95; compare obsolete glibbery slippery (cognate with Dutch glibberig)
Related formsglib·ly, adverbglib·ness, nounun·glib, adjectiveun·glib·ly, adverb


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adjective glibber or glibbest
  1. fluent and easy, often in an insincere or deceptive way
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Derived Formsglibly, adverbglibness, noun

Word Origin

C16: probably from Middle Low German glibberich slippery
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Word Origin and History for glib


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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