\ ˈglib How to pronounce glib (audio) \
glibber; glibbest

Definition of glib

1a : showing little forethought or preparation : offhand glib answers
b : marked by ease and informality : nonchalant
c : lacking depth and substance : superficial glib solutions to knotty problems
2 : marked by ease and fluency in speaking or writing often to the point of being insincere or deceitful a glib politician
3 archaic : smooth, slippery

Other Words from glib

glibly adverb
glibness noun

Examples of glib in a Sentence

Or they could have saddled us with "The Stranger," which had the mitigating charm of being glib and pretentious and would thus have kept the kids who were obviously going to end up at Bard happy. — Joe Queenan, New York Times Book Review, 3 June 2007 The problem was that the candidate anticipated all the questions, knew all the answers and tended to pop out the reply the moment the question was asked; it made him seem like a smart aleck, too glib. — William Safire, New York Times Magazine, 16 June 1991 Some of the glibbest persons in the nation are oddly tongue-tied when the Bible is brought up. — Garry Wills, Under God, 1990 I expected a glib ladies' man, which he's not. He is an introspective man with deep emotions. — Loni Anderson, quoted in People Weekly, 6 Nov. 1989 Politicians need to do more than provide glib answers to difficult questions. the actor's glib portrayal of a drug addict See More
Recent Examples on the Web During the company’s earlier days, the trolling and glib comments were a feature, not a bug. Kyle Stock, Fortune, 30 July 2022 But such storytelling shouldn't amount to opportunistic or glib PR statements. Caterina Bulgarella, Forbes, 24 June 2022 The first shot of June (above) shows a range of disquieting emotions, while Serena (below), seems glib while grieving. Jackie Strause, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 June 2022 And the glib contradictions of her book—her habit of promising freedoms in one sentence and revoking them in the next—read, ever more, as an omen. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 19 May 2022 But this is a glib movie, self-indulgent in its extended running time and far too amused with its easy digs at wealth and privilege. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 May 2022 His glib assurances that Hezbollah and Iran would not object to a Syria-Israel peace were scarcely credible, as, indeed, Hof notes. Nicholas Blanford, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 May 2022 Colin Quinn is the film's dramatic surprise as a difficult dad on the decline, and the mercurial Tilda Swinton steals the movie in her scenes as a glib magazine editor. Joshua Rothkopf,, 2 Apr. 2022 Bit comes from a family of Maryland country crackers, there’s also a lot of grit on that glib tongue of hers. Marilyn Stasio, Variety, 20 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of glib

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

History and Etymology for glib

probably modification of Low German glibberig slippery

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\ ˈglib How to pronounce glib (audio) \
glibber; glibbest

Kids Definition of glib

: speaking or spoken carelessly and often insincerely a glib answer

Other Words from glib

glibly adverb

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