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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ All of those glib egotistical talk show hosts annoy me.
▪ The doctor made some glib comment about my headaches being "just stress."
▪ I know this will sound glib, but don't pretend you aren't feeling what you feel.
▪ Some of them, sadly, are glib, glossy reports which do the client companies few favours.
▪ This is a false and counterproductive approach; it is to true open-mindedness what glib moral relativism is to genuine tolerance.
▪ We're being rather glib here.
▪ When women do confront sexism, the glib reply is often that it is a joke.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Glib \Glib\, v. t. To make glib. [Obs.]
--Bp. Hall.


Glib \Glib\, n. [Ir. & Gael. glib a lock of hair.] A thick lock of hair, hanging over the eyes. [Obs.]

The Irish have, from the Scythians, mantles and long glibs, which is a thick curied bush of hair hanging down over their eyes, and monstrously disguising them.

Their wild costume of the glib and mantle.


Glib \Glib\, v. t. [Cf. O. & Prov. E. lib to castrate, geld, Prov. Dan. live, LG. & OD. lubben.] To castrate; to geld; to emasculate. [Obs.]


Glib \Glib\ (gl[i^]b), a. [Compar. Glibber (gl[i^]b"b[~e]r); superl. Glibbest (gl[i^]b"b[e^]st).] [Prob. fr. D. glibberen, glippen, to slide, glibberig, glipperig, glib, slippery.]

  1. Smooth; slippery; as, ice is glib. [Obs.]

  2. Speaking or spoken smoothly and with flippant rapidity; fluent; voluble; as, a glib tongue; a glib speech.

    I want that glib and oily art, To speak and purpose not.

    Syn: Slippery; smooth; fluent; voluble; flippant.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1590s, "smooth and slippery," possibly a shortening of obsolete glibbery "slippery," which is perhaps from Low German glibberig "smooth, slippery," from Middle Low German glibberich, from or related to glibber "jelly." Of words, speakers, etc., from c.1600. Related: Glibly; glibness.\n


Etymology 1

  1. 1 Having a ready flow of words but lacking thought or understanding; superficial; shallow. 2 smooth or slippery. 3 Artfully persuasive in nature. v

  2. (context transitive English) To make glib. Etymology 2

    n. (context historical English) A mass of matted hair worn down over the eyes, formerly worn in Ireland. Etymology 3

    vb. (context obsolete English) To castrate; to geld; to emasculate.

  1. adj. marked by lack of intellectual depth; "glib generalizations"; "a glib response to a complex question"

  2. having only superficial plausibility; "glib promises"; "a slick commercial" [syn: pat, slick]

  3. artfully persuasive in speech; "a glib tongue"; "a smooth-tongued hypocrite" [syn: glib-tongued, smooth-tongued]

  4. [also: glibbest, glibber]


GLib is a bundle of three (formerly five) low-level system libraries written in C and developed mainly by GNOME. GLib's code was separated from GTK+, so it can be used by software other than GNOME and has been developed in parallel ever since.

Usage examples of "glib".

Jackals, the glib Acer Loring and his chums were experts in the sneak attack.

When Willett would mention some favourite object of his boyhood archaistic studies he often shed by pure accident such a light as no normal mortal could conceivably be expected to possess, and the doctor shuddered as the glib allusion glided by.

Patrick knew the names, Abelove, Birk, Felice-Marie, Val, Glib or was it Geib.

Tame anarchists, a dreary crew, Squib Socialists too damp to sosh, Fake Hobohemians steeped in suds, Glib females in Artistic Duds With Captive Husbands cowed and gauche.

John Wesley was not always able to appreciate glib references to Pringle, 1-2-3, Ruby Ross Wood, Herbert Tappe, or Jane Cowl-all having passed their zenith some years before his birth.

They have been exposed to more input, so much they have been unable to appraise and assimilate it, but are able to turn it into immediate output, impressively glib, and commercially sincere.

This was too important to let slide in a glib phrase or an offhand remark.

He listened with only half an ear as the Chicagoan expounded some glib and ancient principle about the fairy tale being even truer than truth itself.

Face to face with the commander of the ship, and startled anew by his expression of blank incredulity, the glib flow of words conned so often during the steadfast but dreadful hours spent in the lazarette failed her.

Regrettably there is no method known to military science to tell a real officer from a glib imitation with pips on his shoulders, other than through ordeal by fire.

What I knew about computers and the way they functioned could be put on a chip and still leave terabytes open, but I did know some of those great, ancient, hoary, old statements that had gone from being glib to trite.

But the glib many, the perky mispronouncers of titles and of authors' names, the twanging murderers of rhythm, the maulers of the uncut edge at sixpence extra, the ready-reckoners of bibliopolic discount--am I to see in these a witness of my hope for the century to come?

There was always the remote possibility that he was a glib and creative confidence trickster, and that he had simply invented all these stories about Pearson Turner and the Rev.

The sincerity and artlessness with which she discussed what she called her “love-life,” from first necking to connubial catch-as-catch-can, were, ethically, in striking contrast with my glib compositions, but technically the two sets were congeneric since both were affected by the same stuff (soap operas, psychoanalysis and cheap novelettes) upon which I drew for my characters and she for her mode of expression.

He had learned that they are bound by solemn treaties with the ghouls, and the ghoul which was Pickman had taught him how to glibber a password they understood.