\ ˈlib How to pronounce lib (audio) \
plural libs

Definition of lib

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 informal
a : a politically liberal person : liberal entry 2 sense c The reason Obama keeps tilting left is that so many independents have dumped him and he has almost no chance of getting them back. So energizing libs for a massive turnout is his next-best hope.— Michael Goodwin
b Lib; plural Libs : a member or supporter of a Liberal political party : liberal entry 2 sense b Like their Labor counterparts, many young Libs found willing political patronage and slipped seamlessly onto the payrolls of MPs and some eventually entered Parliament themselves, to play politics on a bigger field.— George Morgan

Definition of lib (Entry 2 of 2)

1 liberal
2 librarian, library

Examples of lib in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Limbaugh replaced him and was soon developing his ad-lib style — but one constrained by the Federal Communications Commission's fairness doctrine. Star Tribune, "Rush Limbaugh, talk radio's conservative provocateur, dies at 70," 17 Feb. 2021 Modern robots can use machine learning to ad-lib on instruments including the flute and drums. Shi En Kim, Scientific American, "This Robot Can Rap—Really," 4 Dec. 2020 And if that's the case for lib, it's got to be the case for /bin, too, oddly enough. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "You’re saying it wrong: How to say oft-mispronounced tech terms," 22 May 2020 Yoshimura, an adept ad-lib speaker who has frequently appeared on television throughout the pandemic, was ranked highest in a Nikkei survey asking respondents to rate regional leaders’ steps to tackle the coronavirus. Gearoid Reidy,, "Tokyo Discusses Reopening as Virus Cases Drop to Single Digits," 15 May 2020 Big Sean is his signature ad-lib personified, slinging out some of his best lyrical work in a minute, *Big Sean Voice* boi. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss Lil Wayne's 'Funeral' Debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard 200," 11 Feb. 2020 Buttigieg’s speech, on the other hand, resembled a kind of mad-lib speech in which none of the blanks had been filled. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Creepy Pete," 7 Feb. 2020 Trump’s signature campaign rallies and polarizing routine are more ad-lib political commentary than standard stump speeches. David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner, "Trump gives Republican establishment the political rally it always wanted," 5 Feb. 2020 The most important ad-lib that made it into the show Compared with Schur’s other shows, The Good Place featured little ad-libbing from the cast during filming. Dan Snierson,, "The Good Bye: The Good Place creator Mike Schur looks back on four seasons of magic and morality," 30 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of lib


1970, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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23 Feb 2021

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“Lib.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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