Adjective "glib" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of words or a speaker) fluent but insincere and shallow.
  1. 'Along with an easy confidence and glib manner of the elite, they are all set to tell the world how to manage.'
  2. 'It is glib and disingenuous to say that we are all consumers exercising choices, when most of the options are essentially similar.'
  3. 'All that is required is a sharp eye and a glib tongue to bargain.'
  4. 'I'm not going to take the easy route and suggest the glib proposition.'
  5. 'This is a glib accusation, easily made but difficult to substantiate.'
  6. 'This scheme finally gives real meaning to the glib phrase ‘low cost housing’.'
  7. 'The quote itself sounds more like a marketing tag line that is glib and very open to shallow interpretations.'
  8. 'It would be easy to make glib comparisons with various tyrannies of the past, but I don't think they'd be quite accurate.'
  9. 'Hence the abundance of glib one liners, and the triumph of sarcasm.'
  10. 'In general I try to avoid the easy, the glib, and the oversimplified in my books.'


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.

More examples(as adjective)

"strangers can be glib in presentations."

"people can be glib in tongues."

"people can be glib."

"explanations can be glib."

"answers can be glib."

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Late 16th century (also in the sense ‘smooth, unimpeded’): ultimately of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ‘slippery’ and German glibberig ‘slimy’.