V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. speaking in a fluent or smooth way, without much care or concern; 2. spoken or done in an offhand or thoughtless manner; 3. informal in attitude

Synonyms: smooth, slick, flippant, thoughtless, insincere, nonchalant, offhand, careless

Antonyms: formal, sincere

Tips: Glib usually carries a negative connotation. Its origin is somewhat hazy, but it is related to Old German and Dutch words meaning "slippery." Think of a politician or salesman who is too polished, too prepped, and too quick with the most perfect answer--that is glib. Glib also has two other applications. One is to describe someone who is quick to make a careless or flippant response without much thought or preparation. The third application does not necessarily carry a negative connotation and is used to describe someone who is casual and relaxed in manner or speech.

Usage Examples:

I certainly was not impressed with his glib answers to the journalist's questions. (insincere, slick)

No one was impressed by his glib answers, as he clearly did not give the questions much thought. (offhand, informal, insincere)

When being interviewed, it can be a bad thing if you are too glib with your answers, because people will think you are not being sincere and that you memorized canned responses. (smooth, slick)

In the political debate, I thought that he did a better job of answering questions, but I also thought he was glib. (slick, insincere, flippant)

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