Definition of glib in English:

glib

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Pronunciation: /ɡlɪb
 
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adjective (glibber, glibbest)

(Of words or a speaker) fluent but insincere and shallow: the glib phrases soon roll off the tongue
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’.
Synonyms
slick, pat, neat, plausible, silky, smooth-talking, fast-talking; smooth, urbane, smooth-tongued, silver-tongued, smooth-spoken; fluent, voluble, loquacious, having kissed the Blarney Stone; disingenuous, insincere, facile, shallow, superficial, simplistic, oversimplified, easy, ready, flippant
informal flip, sweet-talking, with the gift of the gab

Origin

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

Derivatives

glibly

adverb
More 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.

glibness

noun
More 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.

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