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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
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[ˈglɪbnɪs] N [of person] → labia f, falta f de sinceridad; [of explanation, excuse] → facilidad f
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n (of person)Zungenfertigkeit f; (of reply, excuse, lie)Leichtzüngigkeit f; a remark of such glibnesseine so leichtzüngige Bemerkung
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References in classic literature ?
I got separated"--began the youth with considerable glibness.
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.
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.
But thy glibness of reply, comrade,'' rejoined he, speaking to Athelstane, ``will not win the freedom of the Lady Rowena.''
"My dear Falk," I said, beginning to lie with a glibness and effrontery that amazed me even at the time--"confidence for confidence." (He had made no confidences.) "I will tell you that I am already engaged to an extremely charming girl at home, and so you understand.
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.
But was it a case of plain glibness, really - the tendency to shoot off one's mouth because 'the expression was there'?
I do not recommend that as a regular feature but Holyrood is at the other extreme - five minute speeches, questions from crib sheets, glibness as substitute for content.
In his memorable Parliamentary Profiles which appeared in The Guardian, the journalist Andrew Roth described Mr Sheerman as "pleasantly persuasive, displaying glibness without depth".
He said that Asad Umer lacked the capacity to bring any improvement in the economy, while Shaikh Rasheed instated of concentrating on the affairs of Railways showing skills of glibness.
He said that Asad Umer lacked the capacity to bring any improvement in the economy, while Sheikh Rasheed instated of concentrating on the affairs of Railways showing skills of glibness.