1Without previous preparation.
impromptu, extempore, without preparation, without rehearsal, extemporaneously, spontaneously, offhandimpromptu, extempore, extemporaneous, extemporary, improvised, improvisational, improvisatory, improvisatorial, unprepared, unarranged, unplanned, unrehearsed, unscripted, unpremeditated, spontaneous, on-the-spotView synonyms
- ‘I spoke ad lib’
- 1.1Music (especially as a direction) with free rhythm and expression.
- ‘he's given the task of interrupting the orchestra, playing ad lib and out of time’
2As much and as often as desired.
- ‘the price includes meals and drinks ad lib’
1Spoken or performed without previous preparation.
- ‘an ad-lib commentary’
- 1.1Music Performed with free rhythm and expression.
- ‘the last track is an ad lib untitled jam by the whole bunch’
2Occurring, used, or distributed as often as necessary or desired.
- ‘the pigs are fed on an ad-lib basis’
verbverb ad-libs, verb ad-libbing, verb ad-libbed
Speak or perform in public without previously preparing one's words.‘Charles had to ad-lib because he'd forgotten his script’
improvise, extemporize, speak impromptu, make it up as one goes along, think on one's feet, take it as it comesView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Although his drum version of Bring Me To Life was slightly different and it was obvious he was ad-libbing most of it, he managed to stumble his way though.’
- ‘He is forever quoting the ‘Good Book’, comically ad-libbing when the lines don't suit his purpose.’
- ‘This gives him ample time to indulge in ad-libbing, a pastime of which he seems inordinately fond.’
- ‘He was confident, quick, very good at ad-libbing and feeding off the audience.’
- ‘Howie didn't have an act but he got up there, almost on a dare, and ad-libbed what turned out to be the funniest set of the evening.’
- ‘We did 11 comedy albums, and I think 10 were live, and they were all ad-libbed.’
- ‘I thought his hilarious banter was all ad-libbed.’
- ‘As a result, the castmembers themselves seem to have ad-libbed most of the week, based on what I imagine was a rough sketch of a few plot points.’
- ‘They allowed me to experiment, they allowed me to take risks, which meant I ad-libbed freely and largely amusingly.’
- ‘Our star couldn't remember his lines so he ad-libbed all the way through the show.’
- ‘Midway, Topher started ad-libbing along on his guitar.’
- ‘Apparently the mental script she was following didn't allow for ad-libbing, for she continued as if he hadn't interrupted.’
- ‘As Bilko, Silvers was never less than sensational, delivering his lines with speed and guile and marvellously ad-libbing when the situation required it.’
- ‘After taking the oath of office, George Washington ad-libbed the final words, ‘So help me God.’’
- ‘Díaz, who was trying to woo a girl, ad-libbed his own lyrics, which he'd sing to introduce his radio show in the 1940s.’
- ‘At one point, they ad-libbed a scene based on their own friendship.’
- ‘I did some ad-libbed material of a similar bent at the gig I did in Brighton last night.’
A remark or speech made without previous preparation.
- ‘he came up with an apt ad lib’
Mid 18th century (as an adverb): abbreviation of ad libitum.