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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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Harries makes the stage his own, adlibbing with the punters, telling outrageously bad jokes, hefting his considerable fake bosoms up and down, and generally setting the mood.
So credit to Bruce Forsyth, who struggled through hours of adlibbing under studio lights in the airless Strictly Come Dancing studio without spluttering, sneezing or sniffling once.
Q WHEN you were mucking about on set adlibbing with Mike Epps and Mo'nique was it strange given that he's a serious actor?
Ross Noble does a hell of a lot of adlibbing, but the most I do in each show is about 30 minutes.