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glib

 (glĭb)
adj. glib·ber, glib·best
1. Performed with a natural, offhand ease: was fascinated by his unfailingly glib conversation.
2. Given to or characterized by fluency of speech or writing that often suggests insincerity, superficiality, or a lack of concern: criticized him for being glib about something so serious.

[Possibly of Low German origin; see ghel- in Indo-European roots.]

glib′ly adv.
glib′ness n.

glib

(ɡlɪb)
adj, glibber or glibbest
fluent and easy, often in an insincere or deceptive way
[C16: probably from Middle Low German glibberich slippery]
ˈglibly adv
ˈglibness n

glib

(glɪb)

adj. glib•ber, glib•best.
1. readily fluent, often superficially or insincerely so: a glib talker; glib answers.
2. easy or unconstrained: glib manners.
[1585–95; compare obsolete glibbery slippery (c. Dutch glibberig)]
glib′ly, adv.
glib′ness, n.
syn: See fluent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.glib - marked by lack of intellectual depth; "glib generalizations"; "a glib response to a complex question"
superficial - concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually; "superficial similarities"; "a superficial mind"; "his thinking was superficial and fuzzy"; "superficial knowledge"; "the superficial report didn't give the true picture"; "only superficial differences"
2.glib - having only superficial plausibility; "glib promises"; "a slick commercial"
plausible - apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful; "a plausible excuse"
3.glib - artfully persuasive in speech; "a glib tongue"; "a smooth-tongued hypocrite"
persuasive - intended or having the power to induce action or belief; "persuasive eloquence"; "a most persuasive speaker"; "a persuasive argument"

glib

adjective smooth, easy, ready, quick, slick, plausible, slippery, fluent, suave, artful, insincere, fast-talking, smooth-tongued He is full of glib excuses for his past mistakes. a glib car salesman
halting, sincere, hesitant, implausible, tongue-tied

glib

adjective
Characterized by ready but often insincere or superficial discourse:
Translations
طَلْق اللسان، مُتَحَذْلِقعَفْوي، سَريع
pohotovývemlouvavý
overfladisk
locsogó
tungulipurvanhugsaî, kærulaust
iškalbusturintis gerą liežuvį
ātrspaviršsveikls
ağzı kalabalıkkıvırtmacalâf ebesi

glib

[glɪb] ADJ [person] → de mucha labia, poco sincero; [explanation, excuse] → fácil; [speech] → elocuente pero insincero

glib

[ˈglɪb] adj [answer, phrase, talk] → désinvolte
perhaps it's glib to suggest that ... → il est peut-être trop simple de suggérer que ...

glib

adj (+er) personzungenfertig; excuse, replyglatt, leichtzüngig; attitude, ideasleichtfertig; promise, generalizationvorschnell; glib talkleichtfertiges Gerede; glib phrasesschön klingende Phrasen pl; I don’t want to sound glibich möchte nicht den Eindruck erwecken, das so leichthin zu sagen; to have a glib tonguezungenfertig sein, eine glatte Zunge haben

glib

[glɪb] adj (person) → dalla lingua sciolta; (explanation, excuse) → facile, disinvolto/a

glib

(glib) adjective
1. speaking persuasively but usually without sincerity. The salesman was a very glib talker.
2. (of a reply etc) quick and ready, but showing little thought. glib excuses.
ˈglibly adverb
References in classic literature ?
X arrived, faced this same man, looked him in the eye, and emptied this sentence on him, in the most glib and confident way: "Can man boat get here?
Stryver was a glib man, and an unscrupulous, and a ready, and a bold, he had not that faculty of extracting the essence from a heap of statements, which is among the most striking and necessary of the advocate's accomplishments.
Albert had already made seven or eight similar excursions to the Colosseum, while his less favored companion trod for the first time in his life the classic ground forming the monument of Flavius Vespasian; and, to his credit be it spoken, his mind, even amid the glib loquacity of the guides, was duly and deeply touched with awe and enthusiastic admiration of all he saw; and certainly no adequate notion of these stupendous ruins can be formed save by such as have visited them, and more especially by moonlight, at which time the vast proportions of the building appear twice as large when viewed by the mysterious beams of a southern moonlit sky, whose rays are sufficiently clear and vivid to light the horizon with a glow equal to the soft twilight of an eastern clime.
Check your glib tongue, Thersites," said be, "and babble not a word further.
Here the glib politician crying his legislative panaceas, and here the peripatetic Cheap-Jack holding aloft his quack cures for human ills.
That," observes Sir Leicester with unspeakable grandeur, for he thinks the ironmaster a little too glib, "must be quite unnecessary.
Fanny Price had picked up the glib chatter of the studios and had no difficulty in impressing Philip with the extent of her knowledge.
It seemed like the fluctuations of a dream--as if the action begun by that loud bloated stranger were being carried on by this pale-eyed sickly looking piece of respectability, whose subdued tone and glib formality of speech were at this moment almost as repulsive to him as their remembered contrast.
Maggie's mother paced to and fro, addressing the doorful of eyes, expounding like a glib showman at a museum.
They were swayed by the same ethic that dominated their husbands--the ethic of their class; and they uttered glib phrases that their own ears did not understand.
Captain Jim had an ice boat, and many a wild, glorious spin Gilbert and Anne and Leslie had over the glib harbor ice with him.
He could not admit that some dozens of men, among them his brother, had the right, on the ground of what they were told by some hundreds of glib volunteers swarming to the capital, to say that they and the newspapers were expressing the will and feeling of the people, and a feeling which was expressed in vengeance and murder.