glib

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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.

Nearby words

  1. glia cell,
  2. gliadin,
  3. gliadine,
  4. glial cell,
  5. glial cells,
  6. glib ice,
  7. glidden,
  8. glide,
  9. glide path,
  10. glide plane

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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British Dictionary definitions for glibness

glib

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

glib

adj.

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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