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 glibness

Contemporary Examples of glibness

Historical Examples of glibness

  • At any rate, he proceeded with an unusual fluency and glibness.

    Angel Island

    Inez Haynes Gillmore

  • "I only said that the once," said Wully, shocked at her glibness in the uptake.


    Neil Munro

  • But this skill of tongue, this glibness of speech is hardly an affair of intellect at all.

    The Duke's Children

    Anthony Trollope

  • Then the glibness and merit of some of their answers surprised and amused him.

    Peg Woffington

    Charles Reade

  • "Miss Baker is engaged," she announced, with the glibness of previous preparation.

    Ben Blair

    Will Lillibridge

British Dictionary definitions for glibness


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 glibness



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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