li·ar | \ ˈlī(-ə)r \

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

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Few things bother Brennan more than being called a liar. Mattathias Schwartz, New York Times, "A Spymaster Steps Out of the Shadows," 27 June 2018 Blaming her for not trying to do more to save her classmates, calling her a liar about what happened, etc. Anneclaire Stapleton, CNN, "A mother's powerful letter about her child's experience hiding from the Santa Fe shooter," 19 May 2018 People have called them liars again and again and again. Joseph Goodman,, "Black basketball families find equality, controversy in Mountain Brook," 1 May 2018 To call somebody a liar over something like this is not acceptable. Kc Baker,, "Sandy Hook Parents Sue Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones for Defamation: 'Enough Is Enough'," 17 Apr. 2018 Several Twitter users responded to Manjarres calling him a liar, and suggesting that a Hogg endorsement didn’t seem remotely plausible. Anthony Man,, "David Hogg says he didn’t endorse Ted Deutch's Republican challenger," 5 Apr. 2018 Crooks, who is now running for office in Ohio, was called a liar by the president. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "A Brief History of Trump Insulting Women Who Call Him Out," 27 Mar. 2018 For someone his critics say is a compulsive liar, Mr. Trump has been remarkably true to his word. Tony Abbott, WSJ, "An Ally Sizes Up Donald Trump," 13 July 2018 Donald Trump has always been a blatant liar, making up stories about everything from his net worth to how many people were at his inauguration, but do people actually like it when Trump lies to them? Nick Bilton, The Hive, "The Conservative Case Against Donald Trump," 18 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies


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Kids Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies

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