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Definition of the adjective ad-lib

What does ad-lib mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. with little or no preparation or forethought
  2. said or done without having been planned or written in advance

Definition of the noun ad-lib

What does ad-lib mean as a name of something?


  1. remark made spontaneously without prior preparation
    • example: his ad-libs got him in trouble with the politicians
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic words: comment / input / remark = a statement that expresses a personal opinion or belief or adds information

Definition of the verb ad-lib

What does ad-lib mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: ad-libbed, ad-libbing

  1. perform without preparation

Alternative definition of the verb ad-lib


  1. To improvise all or part of a speech or other performance, especially in comedy.


  1. "Ad-lib" a.k.a. "Ad Lib" is a musical album of Gerardo Frisina.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  2. "Ad-lib" a.k.a. "Ad Lib" is a musical album of Tobruk.
    • released in (17 years ago)


"Ad-lib" a.k.a. "Ad lib" is a book by William Carigan.

  • also known as "Ad lib: flying the B-24 Liberator in World War II"


  1. Ad-lib a.k.a. Ad Lib is a decorative typeface that was designed in 1961 by Freeman Craw for American Type Founders. It was extremely popular from the early- to mid-1960s, and is often used today to evoke that era. The typeface's appearance resembles Helvetica Bold, but with a wacky disposition.
  2. Ad-Lib: "Ad Lib" was a TV program hosted by composer and pianist Phil Moore and produced by Cinema Arts Productions Inc. that aired in 1981. Ad Lib featured noted jazz artists performing for the video camera while recording their musical albums at various recording studios. The series was repeated in 1982 and in 1984.
  3. Ad-lib a.k.a. Ad Lib is a comedy show consisting of ad lib conversations, usually between famous writers and comedians, each with a mutual interest.
  4. Ad-lib a.k.a. Ad lib are terms derived from the Latin ad libitum, meaning "at one's pleasure". Ad lib is the adjective or adverb; ad-lib is the verb or noun form.

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Google previewWebster's II New College Dictionary (2005)

by Webster's New World Dictionary, Editors Of Webster's II Dictionaries

ad-lib (ad'lib') Informal, —v. - libbed, -lib-bing, -libs —vt. To improvise and deliver extemporaneously. — vi. To improvise or extemporize. — n. Something ad-libbed. — adj. Spoken or performed ...

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No one could ad lib like Peter. You would think that it was all scripted, he was so poetic, but it wasn't. (Barbara Walters)
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