A hiring manager might think you're being glib, or slick and insincere, if you say you've led a successful multinational corporation when you were actually in charge of flipping burgers for a fast-food restaurant chain.

The word glib might be used to describe the slick car salesman who uses his polished sales pitch to talk his customers into buying lemons. In fact, the word comes from old German and Dutch words for "slippery," another word that could be used to describe the very same salesman. In addition to meaning "smooth" and "persuasive," glib can be applied to the kind of thoughtless comment that could get you into big trouble. Telling your boss that you had a "hot time" with his daughter is the kind of glib remark that could end your career.

Definitions of glib

adj artfully persuasive in speech

“a glib tongue”
glib-tongued, smooth-tongued
intended or having the power to induce action or belief

adj having only superficial plausibility

glib promises”
pat, slick
apparently reasonable and valid, and truthful

adj marked by lack of intellectual depth

glib generalizations”
“a glib response to a complex question”
concerned with or comprehending only what is apparent or obvious; not deep or penetrating emotionally or intellectually

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