verb (ad-libs, ad-libbing, ad-libbed)[no object]
- Speak or perform without previously preparing one’s words: Charles had to ad-lib because he’d forgotten his scriptMore example sentences
- He was doing more ad-libbing and improvisation than me.
- He didn't look like he was being formally interviewed - he looked more like he was inadvisedly ad-libbing at large with an apparently friendly journalist, while the camera just happened to be rolling.
- He was cold, he was bad at ad-libbing and he was very bad at setting up the panelists to be funny.
adverb & adjective(also ad lib) Back to top
- 1Spoken or performed without previous preparation: [as adjective]: an ad-lib commentary [as adverb]: I spoke ad libMore example sentences
impromptu, extempore, without preparation, without rehearsal, extemporaneously, spontaneously, offhand; Latin ad libitum• informal off the cuff, off the top of one's head, on the spur of the moment, just like that, at the drop of a hatimpromptu, extempore, extemporaneous, extemporary, improvised, improvisational, improvisatory, improvisatorial, unprepared, unarranged, unplanned, unrehearsed, unscripted, unpremeditated, spontaneous, on-the-spot
- Some remember the ad-lib commentary you could provide just with a house mike during a practice.
- He is a messy, carefree drunk, prone to loud outbursts, spontaneous characterisations and ad-lib renditions of whatever comes to his mind.
- This nomadic improvisation troupe takes its ad-lib comedy to movie theatres and bars.
- 1.1 Music (Especially as a direction) with free rhythm and expression.More example sentences
- We've been having some nice ad-lib musical jam sessions, thanks to numerous musicians and the international groups around us.
- The scoring for the original version of this work is flute and piccolo in D flat, 2 clarinets in E flat (2nd ad lib).
- Parts are also included in the set for E flat alto clarinet, B flat contrabass clarinet, and two flugelhorns, all of which are ad lib.
- 2As much and as often as desired: [as adverb]: the price includes meals and drinks ad libMore example sentences
- It is vital that animals are built up on ad-lib meals gradually and that feed is kept in front of them at all times and that they have access to some roughage in the form of straw or silage.
- If good quality silage is fed ad-lib to dry cows, energy intakes will exceed requirements which can result in over fat cows at calving with its associated problems.
- A simple ration based on ad-lib straw with a protein balancer can be fed to young stock and replacement heifers and this will help preserve grazing.
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- An ad-lib remark or speech: he came up with an apt ad-libMore example sentences
- He makes a game attempt to liven up the dreary proceedings with some clever dialogue and ad-libs.
- The propensity for ad-libs lends a natural feel to the dialogue that suits the actor and character, and this is probably the strength of the film.
- Geoff delivers a monologue about divorce with ad-libs to the audience - this is real talent.
early 19th century (as an adverb): abbreviation of ad libitum.
More definitions of ad-libDefinition of ad-lib in:
- The US English dictionary