adjective, glib·ber, glib·best.

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

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

Synonyms for glib Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glibly

Historical Examples of glibly

  • "Why, he copped the copper's kale," Aggie translated, glibly.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • “God,” answered Carl glibly, as if that must be the only orthodox answer.

    Almost A Man

    Mary Wood-Allen

  • Glibly she had lied to them and her conscience was not troubled.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace

  • In verity he knew it as glibly as the alphabet, for he was infinitely painstaking.

  • The girl took the hint and went on glibly "i-e-d," and "went up head."

British Dictionary definitions for glibly


adjective glibber or glibbest

fluent and easy, often in an insincere or deceptive way
Derived Formsglibly, adverbglibness, noun

Word Origin for glib

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



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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