adjective \ ˈglib \
Updated on: 14 Feb 2018

Definition of glib

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





Examples of glib in a Sentence

  1. 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 QueenanNew York Times Book Review3 June 2007
  2. 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 SafireNew York Times Magazine16 June 1991
  3. Some of the glibbest persons in the nation are oddly tongue-tied when the Bible is brought up. —Garry WillsUnder God1990
  4. I expected a glib ladies' man, which he's not. He is an introspective man with deep emotions. —Loni Andersonquoted in People Weekly6 Nov. 1989
  5. Politicians need to do more than provide glib answers to difficult questions.

  6. the actor's glib portrayal of a drug addict

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Origin and Etymology of glib

probably modification of Low German glibberig slippery

GLIB Defined for English Language Learners



Definition of glib for English Language Learners

  • : said or done too easily or carelessly : showing little preparation or thought

  • : speaking in a smooth, easy way that is not sincere

GLIB Defined for Kids


adjective \ ˈglib \

Definition of glib for Students

glibber; glibbest
: speaking or spoken carelessly and often insincerely
  • a glib answer



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