li·​ar | \ ˈlī(-ə)r How to pronounce liar (audio) \

Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies has a reputation as a liar

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Examples of liar in a Sentence

She called him a dirty liar. she knew he was a liar when he started claiming that he was an astronaut
Recent Examples on the Web One judge also admonished and ruled against her for telling her daughter that Flowers was a liar, a moment that was recorded. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 5 July 2021 The story follows up-and-coming standup Andrea Singer (Shlesinger) through a friendship and then romantic relationship with a man who turns out to be a pathological liar. Maria Fontoura, Rolling Stone, 29 June 2021 Footage has also emerged from February of Whitty being filmed on the street while being denounced as a liar. Washington Post, 29 June 2021 Josh Gad, who played that nerdy but lovable liar, Elder Arnold Cunningham, in the original production, would welcome some changes. David Noyce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 17 June 2021 As others have documented, there are plenty of such falsehoods on the public record — a logical hazard of flacking for a proven and relentless liar. Washington Post, 15 June 2021 This despite Loki being an inveterate, enthusiastic liar who always has a not-so-secret agenda to rule Earth. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 9 June 2021 Anxiety, for instance, tends to be a liar of proportion. John Duffy, CNN, 2 June 2021 Obviously this was not the verbatim call, but Republicans never stopped labeling Schiff a liar. Virginia Heffernan Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, 1 June 2021

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First Known Use of liar

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for liar

Middle English, from Old English lēogere, from lēogan to lie — more at lie

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The first known use of liar was before the 12th century

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16 Jul 2021

Cite this Entry

“Liar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies


li·​ar | \ ˈlī-ər How to pronounce liar (audio) \

Kids Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies

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