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ad-lib

1. adjective Of or characterized by an impromptu fashion, with little or no preparation beforehand. Jazz improv is always a bit ad-lib by design; you can't plan what you might play!
2. adverb Done in an impromptu or free-hand fashion, with little or no preparation beforehand. His comedy is always so unique; I hear he does the whole thing ad-lib.
3. noun Something, usually performative in nature, that is done with little or no preparation beforehand. His speech this morning felt like it was a bit of an ad-lib. I don't think he prepared any notes ahead of time.
4. verb To say, do, or perform something in an impromptu fashion, with little or no preparation beforehand. I had forgotten to rehearse my lines for the audition, so I just decided to ad-lib the whole way through.
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A brilliant ad-libber, Ross is an experienced awards show presenter and a genuine movie buff, with a deep knowledge and love of pop culture.
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I'm a big ad-libber and I think that gives me the edge on a lot of my rivals.
They said sitcoms were dead and dropped them, then foisted on us a bunch of unfunny ad-libbers trying to be England's answer to Billy Connolly, yet critics ask why repeats of the old shows are so popular.