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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.
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Noun1.glibness - a kind of fluent easy superficiality; "the glibness of a high-pressure salesman"
shallowness, superficiality - lack of depth of knowledge or thought or feeling


[ˈglɪbnɪs] N [of person] → labia f, falta f de sinceridad; [of explanation, excuse] → facilidad f


n (of person)Zungenfertigkeit f; (of reply, excuse, lie)Leichtzüngigkeit f; a remark of such glibnesseine so leichtzüngige Bemerkung
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But thy glibness of reply, comrade,'' rejoined he, speaking to Athelstane, ``will not win the freedom of the Lady Rowena.
I got separated"--began the youth with considerable glibness.
There's a patent case coming up before the Supreme Court--" He gave the name of the inventor, and went on furnishing details with all Lawrence Lefferts's practised glibness, while she listened attentively, saying at intervals: "Yes, I see.
Keck, the editor of the "Trumpet," in asserting that Ladislaw, if the truth were known, was not only a Polish emissary but crack-brained, which accounted for the preternatural quickness and glibness of his speech when he got on to a platform--as he did whenever he had an opportunity, speaking with a facility which cast reflections on solid Englishmen generally.
He was in the prime of life, but very bald--had been in the army and the coal trade--wore very stiff collars and prodigiously long wristbands--seldom laughed, but talked with remarkable glibness, and was never known to lose his temper under the most aggravating circumstances of prison existence.
My dear Falk," I said, beginning to lie with a glibness and effrontery that amazed me even at the time--"confidence for confidence.
Tulliver several stories about "Swing" and incendiarism, and asked his advice about feeding pigs in so thoroughly secular and judicious a manner, with so much polished glibness of tongue, that the miller thought, here was the very thing he wanted for Tom.
Roday's glibness recalls Bill Murray's trademark, ``It-just-doesn't- matter'' insouciance of the '70s and '80s, which gives ``Psych'' much of its appeal but also a potential liability -- Shawn's sticking it to The Man while also helping him; knocking him down a peg or two won't feel like a lot of fun.
Though Calvet pumps in summaries of every major work as soon as he reaches its publication date, their quality, of a glibness that recalls jacket copy, suggests they are only another means of padding.
That's not something one usually associates with Gere's or, especially, Roberts' movies, let alone Marshall's, the director who's developed plastic glibness into a way of cinematic life (``The Other Sister,'' ``Exit to Eden,'' ``Frankie and Johnny,'' on and on .
The name, the brains, the great looks, the glibness and easy way he carried himself.