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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Just a month before XXXTentacion's murder, Ayala told the Miami New Times that his fans had been harassing her and calling her a liar for years., "Second Suspect Arrested In Relation To XXXTentacion's Murder," 11 July 2018 Bevin, meanwhile, called McConnell a coward and his campaign childish and also used his daughter to call McConnell a liar in one advertisement. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "McConnell once called Bevin a con man. Now he wants Bevin to run again," 1 June 2018 One thing that’s certain: Sanders is only one of a large number of liars in this White House. Frank Rich, Daily Intelligencer, "Sean Hannity Will Remain Trump’s Shadow Chief of Staff," 19 Apr. 2018 Petrino won 21 games his last two years before being fired for being, basically, a liar and bad person. Sam Mellinger, kansascity, "Hello, KU AD Jeff Long. Goodbye, football coach David Beaty," 11 July 2018 Sandy obviously has a very juvenile idea of what constitutes a good time, while Danny is a very convincing liar. Jen Juneau,, "Grease Is Still the Word, 40 Years Later: Ranking the Iconic Teen Film's Musical Numbers," 16 June 2018 And the sense that Trump was not merely a lecherous liar — but an ineffective one — weakened his position among some Republicans and independents. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Here’s Why Trump’s Approval Rating Has Gone Up," 16 May 2018 The episode’s plot is an old sitcom classic: the well-meaning heroes put on airs for company, then have to scramble to keep from getting exposed as liars. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Why this Fresh Off the Boat episode is the best thing to watch after Crazy Rich Asians," 17 Aug. 2018 Political rivals over the years have attempted to paint Warren as a liar and an opportunist. NBC News, "Fact check: Trump wants Warren to prove her Native American heritage. Could she?," 6 July 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


li·​ar | \ ˈlī-ər \

Kids Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies

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