\ 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 But the controversial meeting could easily veer off-script, given the pressure-cooker atmosphere in Washington and Trump's proclivity to ad-lib in Oval Office meetings. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "'We’ve shared plenty of facts': Pompeo, Lavrov clash over election meddling ahead of Trump meeting," 10 Dec. 2019 Known informally as the World’s Most Famous Feminist, Gloria has been pushing the women’s lib rock uphill for 55 years. Karen Karbo, National Geographic, "How Gloria Steinem became the 'world’s most famous feminist'," 25 Mar. 2019 There’s also a lot of dull hopping and racing and mumbling — whereas Beatle ad-libs were witty before, now everyone just sounds stoned out of his mind. Jordan Hoffman, New York Times, "Where to Stream the Best, and the Most Ridiculous, of the Beatles on Film," 9 July 2018 The uptempo banger sees vintage production from Pharrell and additional ad-lib vocals from Migos' Quavo and Offset. Michael Saponara, Billboard, "Ranking Each Song From JAY-Z & Beyonce's 'Everything Is Love' Album: Critic's Pick," 17 June 2018 In other words, conservatives are more this - and libs are more this - is this making sense just to clear up any confusion? Fox News, "Gutfeld: The media need to focus on reality instead of fear," 21 July 2018 Nothing truly makes as little sense in rap as the ad-lib. Natalie Maher, Billboard, "The 16 Best Hip-Hop Ad-Libs of the 21st Century: 'Yugh,' 'It's Lit!' and More," 3 Jan. 2018 John would often ad-lib his own melodies to songs playing while his five children were still asleep. Safid Deen,, "FSU coach Willie Taggart braces for first Father's Day without his dad," 17 June 2018 Trump otherwise begins to blatantly ad-lib Take a shot whenever... Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "RedEye's 2018 State of the Union drinking game," 31 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of lib


1970, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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22 Dec 2019

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“Lib.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 29 January 2020.

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to assert without proof or before proving

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