Glibbest
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.] [1913 Webster] 1. Smooth; slippery; as, ice is glib. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

2. Speaking or spoken smoothly and with flippant rapidity; fluent; voluble; as, a glib tongue; a glib speech. [1913 Webster]

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

Syn: Slippery; smooth; fluent; voluble; flippant. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • glibbest — glɪb adj. easily fluent, smooth tongued; tending to speak in a careless or thoughtless manner, insincere, careless …   English contemporary dictionary

  • 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.] [1913 Webster] 1. Smooth; slippery; as, ice is glib. [Obs.] [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glibber — 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.] [1913 Webster] 1. Smooth; slippery; as, ice is glib. [Obs.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glib — adjective (glibber; glibbest) Etymology: probably modification of Low German glibberig slippery Date: 1584 1. a. marked by ease and informality ; nonchalant b. showing little forethought or preparation ; offhand < glib answers > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • glib — glibly, adv. glibness, n. /glib/, adj., glibber, glibbest. 1. readily fluent, often thoughtlessly, superficially, or insincerely so: a glib talker; glib answers. 2. easy or unconstrained, as actions or manners. 3. Archaic. agile; spry. [1585 95;… …   Universalium

  • glib — adjective (glibber, glibbest) fluent but insincere and shallow. Derivatives glibly adverb glibness noun Origin C16: ult. of Gmc origin …   English new terms dictionary

  • glib — UK [ɡlɪb] / US adjective Word forms glib : adjective glib comparative glibber superlative glibbest 1) showing disapproval a glib person speaks easily and confidently. This word shows that you do not trust the person or what they are saying His… …   English dictionary

  • glib — /glɪb / (say glib) adjective (glibber, glibbest) 1. ready and fluent, often thoughtlessly or insincerely so: glib speakers; a glib tongue. 2. easy, as action or manner. {backformation from obsolete glibbery slippery, from Dutch glibberig} –glibly …   Australian English dictionary

  • glib — ► ADJECTIVE (glibber, glibbest) ▪ articulate and voluble but insincere and shallow. DERIVATIVES glibly adverb glibness noun. ORIGIN Germanic …   English terms dictionary

  • glibly — glib ► ADJECTIVE (glibber, glibbest) ▪ articulate and voluble but insincere and shallow. DERIVATIVES glibly adverb glibness noun. ORIGIN Germanic …   English terms dictionary

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