Meaning of glib in English:


Pronunciation /ɡlɪb/

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adjectiveadjective glibber, adjective glibbest

  • (of words or a speaker) fluent but insincere and shallow.

    ‘the glib phrases soon roll off the tongue’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘It would be easy to make glib comparisons with various tyrannies of the past, but I don't think they'd be quite accurate.’
    • ‘It is easy to be glib about this point, because, like pornography, spam is something that most of us think we recognise when we see it.’
    • ‘Yet it is never slick or glib; instead, it exudes a guileless, homespun warmth.’
    • ‘Along with an easy confidence and glib manner of the elite, they are all set to tell the world how to manage.’
    • ‘Do not believe the glib, easy solutions and hard lines put forward in the tabloid press.’
    • ‘Very charming at first, that's one of the characteristics, a superficial, glib sort of charm.’
    • ‘It is glib and disingenuous to say that we are all consumers exercising choices, when most of the options are essentially similar.’
    • ‘I'm not going to take the easy route and suggest the glib proposition.’
    • ‘To address this publicly was not an easy thing to do, as glib as I may have come across.’
    • ‘The quote itself sounds more like a marketing tag line that is glib and very open to shallow interpretations.’
    • ‘Hence the abundance of glib one liners, and the triumph of sarcasm.’
    • ‘Does that article feel a little too glib to anyone else?’
    • ‘This is a glib accusation, easily made but difficult to substantiate.’
    • ‘I can either be profound and intellectual or silly and glib.’
    • ‘All that is required is a sharp eye and a glib tongue to bargain.’
    • ‘Then, as now, there was much glib talk about getting to the bottom of things and ‘learning lessons’.’
    • ‘Now I cringe to think of the breathy, glib, manic things I sent off, I really do.’
    slick, pat, neat, plausible, silky, smooth-talking, fast-talking
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Late 16th century (also in the sense ‘smooth, unimpeded’): ultimately of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ‘slippery’ and German glibberig ‘slimy’.