[ US /ˈædˈɫɪb/ ]
  1. with little or no preparation or forethought
    his ad-lib comments showed poor judgment
    offhand excuses
    an extemporary lecture
    an extempore skit
    a few unrehearsed comments
    trying to sound offhanded and reassuring
    an off-the-cuff toast
    an extemporaneous piano recital
    an impromptu speech
  2. said or done without having been planned or written in advance
    he made a few ad-lib remarks
  1. perform without preparation
    he extemporized a speech at the wedding
  1. remark made spontaneously without prior preparation
    his ad-libs got him in trouble with the politicians
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How To Use ad-lib In A Sentence

  • With a stage presence as big as her amazing costumes, her ad-libs and one-liners had the audience in raptures.
  • It wasn't his report ‘ad-libbed to a small, somnolent audience at 6.07’ that did the damage.
  • We relied on a DAT tape for the beats as Will and Apl threw down the lyrics and I followed their lead, ad-libbing on the back of them. Fallin’ Up
  • Kidder follows up with an ad-lib joke: ‘I'll have what she's having.’
  • The newsreader said ‘We'll be back for more of what appears to be an ad-lib speech from Mark Oaten’.
  • If one goes by the findings of behavioural studies, one would think twice before assigning baby-sitting functions for the telly or hold back from going ga ga over the toddler who lisps ad-lib.
  • He ad-libbed in many of his films and was just as quick in person. Globe and Mail
  • Owen Wilson has a smarmy-cool, utterly natural screen persona of smiles, cheeky ad-libs and ironically understated wisecracks.
  • Howie didn't have an act but he got up there, almost on a dare, and ad-libbed what turned out to be the funniest set of the evening.
  • The programme is unusually reliant on ad-libbed two-ways. Times, Sunday Times
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