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


probably modification of Low German glibberig slippery

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1b

Time Traveler
The first known use of glib was in 1584

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Cite this Entry

“Glib.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


glibber; glibbest
: speaking or spoken with careless ease and often with little regard for truth
a glib excuse
glibly adverb
glibness noun

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