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glib Syllabification: glib

Definition of glib in English:

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
More example sentences
  • 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


Pronunciation: /ˈɡliblē/
Example sentences
  • 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.
Pronunciation: /ˈɡlibnəs/
Example sentences
  • 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'.

  • There are a number of other words, such as greasy, oily, and slimy, that link the idea of smoothness and slipperiness with insincere speech or behaviour. To give a glib answer is to speak fluently but insincerely and shallowly; one of its first meanings, in the late 16th century, was ‘smooth or unimpeded’. It is ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Dutch glibberig ‘slippery’, and German glibberig ‘slimy’.

Words that rhyme with glib

bib, crib, dib, fib, jib, lib, nib, rib, sib, snib, squib
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