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glib

[ glib ]
/ glɪb /
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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.

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Origin of glib

First recorded in 1585–95; compare obsolete glibbery “slippery” (cognate with Dutch glibberig )
1. See fluent.
glibly, adverbglibness, nounun·glib, adjectiveun·glib·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for glib

glib
/ (ɡlɪb) /

adjective glibber or glibbest

fluent and easy, often in an insincere or deceptive way
glibly, adverbglibness, noun
C16: probably from Middle Low German glibberich slippery
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