Definition of glib in English:


Syllabification: glib
Pronunciation: /glib

adjective (glibber, glibbest)

  • (Of words or the person speaking them) fluent and voluble but insincere and shallow: she was careful not to let the answer sound too glib
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    • In general I try to avoid the easy, the glib, and the oversimplified in my books.
    • Listen to some glib talk by speakers at the ground-breaking ceremony of the project and infer what you can.
    • This scheme finally gives real meaning to the glib phrase ‘low cost housing’.
    slick, pat, fast-talking, smooth-talking; disingenuous, insincere, facile, shallow, superficial, flippant; smooth, silver-tongued, urbane
    informal flip, sweet-talking



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  • The story is so broad in scope, yet so glibly simplified, each element is glanced over lightly.
  • But it can also lead to impulsive behavior (ready, shoot, aim) and confident leaders who glibly take their followers over a cliff.
  • People who talk glibly about ‘intelligence failure’ act as if intelligence agencies that are doing their job right would know everything.


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  • It is a valuable and articulate polemic against the glibness of liberal internationalism, its ideological license and its bouts of arrogance.
  • If you're able to say that with such disgusting and self-important glibness, you are putting yourself on the same moral level with the monsters who did this crime.
  • It happens, of course, but the glibness with which it's used to build up the character bothers me.


late 16th century (also in the sense 'smooth, unimpeded'): ultimately of Germanic origin; related to Dutch glibberig 'slippery' and German glibberig 'slimy'.

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