readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so: a glib talker; glib answers.
easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners.
Archaic. agile; spry.
- glib·ly, adverb
- glib·ness, noun
- un·glib, adjective
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How to use glib in a sentence
The words of global partnerships were hollow, the partnerships themselves glib, corrupted by greed and selfishness — and they remained fundamentally imbalanced.Barbados Resists Climate Colonialism in an Effort to Survive the Costs of Global Warming | by Abrahm Lustgarten | July 27, 2022 | ProPublica
I became more careful about how I wrote the violence, knowing that while I could still be realistic, what I must never be is glib.Don Winslow: The Complicated Ethics of Writing Violence in Fiction | Don Winslow | April 27, 2022 | Time
The frankly strange thing about this is that, to be glib about it, they should be smarter than this.
When all this was initially pitched to me by an especially glib PR guy, I was skeptical.LifeLabs Thinks Climate-Controlled Fabric Is the Future of Outdoor Gear | awise | January 30, 2022 | Outside Online
Rogen and his collaborators would not have been wrong to fear a backlash to a lighter, more glib depiction of Anderson’s ordeal.Hulu's Abysmal Pam & Tommy Is at Its Worst When Paying Lip Service to Feminism | Judy Berman | January 26, 2022 | Time
But this cynical take is too glib and sweeping to explain everything.
The book is at times fun, at other times chilling, but it also can be quite glib.
“We should not let people get away with this glib excuse that this is about voter fraud,” says Ornstein.
Truth in Advertising balances the droll with the hopeful and the glib with the heartfelt.
Debate, as we saw last Wednesday night, sometimes over-rewards the glib one-liner, or incentivizes stubborn misrepresentation.Obama’s Debate Performance: How Twitter Has Done Us Wrong | Richard Just | October 10, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
She was very glib with the sheep and the geese, but the grindstone made her head ache, and she gave it up.The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
Another man glib of tongue and crafty of brain might have lied his way out of an abominable situation.Jaffery | William J. Locke
The glib story of the bribery was like the bite of a slipping crane-hitch—slow to take hold.The Wreckers | Francis Lynde
“Never since sun-birth,” Hildebrand responded, with glib emphasis.The Proud Prince | Justin Huntly McCarthy
"Because you are free: you do not love," impetuously returned the other with glib, persistent vehemence.Six Women | Victoria Cross
British Dictionary definitions for glib
fluent and easy, often in an insincere or deceptive way
- glibly, adverb
- glibness, noun
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