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

Definition of glib

1a : 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

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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
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Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance. al, "Investigators seek people who talked to man who died in suicide," 1 Aug. 2019 Toby compels our empathy, but something glib and superficial about his sections can strain the connection. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "“Fleishman Is in Trouble” Turns the Marriage Novel Inside-Out," 27 June 2019 Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance. Christopher Harress |,, "Body found hanged from tree near Fairhope in possible suicide," 10 June 2019 Your politicians, bewilderingly, continue to do nothing except deliver divisive, glib statements scattered with thoughts and prayers. Zac Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "New Zealand Banned Guns After Thoughts and Prayers. Why Can’t America?," 23 Mar. 2019 The climax is both pleasing and glib in tying knots, as well as loose ends, and closing circles. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Review: More Smoke Than Fire," 21 Feb. 2019 Comparisons between Sierra Burgess and Insatiable are inevitable, and Sierra’s mopey sincerity has a clear advantage when viewed next to Insatiable’s easy, glib cynicism. Constance Grady, Vox, "Peter Kavinsky and Barb from Stranger Things can’t salvage Sierra Burgess Is a Loser," 7 Sep. 2018 The satire of bourgeois affluence can seem glib and overextended. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "Review: ‘Is God Is’ Reinvents the Good, the Bad and the Ugly," 18 Feb. 2018 Macdonald has bombshell news here about child abuse allegedly suffered by Whitney and at least one brother, and Whitney is bit glib in holding up this news as an explains-it-all answer to her myriad problems. Gary Thompson,, "'Whitney': A moving, revealing look at the life of Whitney Houston," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of glib

1584, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glib

probably modification of Low German glibberig slippery

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English Language Learners Definition of glib

: said or done too easily or carelessly : showing little preparation or thought
: speaking in a smooth, easy way that is not sincere


\ 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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