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

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This is as close as a chief justice gets to calling a cabinet secretary a liar. The Economist, "The Supreme Court wraps up its term, inching to the right," 4 July 2019 In 2015, Roberts sued Maxwell for defamation in New York after Maxwell called her a liar in a news interview. Julie K. Brown, The Seattle Times, "Perversion of Justice: Even from jail, sex abuser manipulated the system. His victims were kept in the dark," 4 Dec. 2018 Calling him a liar, a phony and a failure who did not have the interests of the American people, the candidates collectively took a different approach than the Wednesday debate participants. Anchorage Daily News, "Rivals attack Biden, with Harris leading way on race issues," 28 June 2019 There are two kind of people in this world: those who want Matthijs de Ligt, and liars., "8 Defenders Clubs Should Consider Instead of Matthijs de Ligt," 16 June 2019 The prosecution rebutted the defense’s appeal by painting Elhassani as an unrepentant liar who had navigated a war zone, helped her husband buy three Yazidi slaves, and was creating a tale of woe after the fact. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "America’s ISIS Members Are Coming Home," 11 June 2019 My father is dead and doesn’t care if his vault leaks, / that his casket is cheap, his son a poet and a liar. Nick Ripatrazone, National Review, "Jim Harrison’s Essential Poetry," 8 June 2019 The unique cruelty of a transgression compounded by being labeled a liar is a lifelong wound for those who accused powerful men and were not believed. Susanna Schrobsdorff, Time, "Why It Matters That Bill Clinton Hasn't Really Apologized to Monica Lewinsky," 7 June 2018 Besides, the president’s already a proven liar, a thief and a cheat. Chicago Tribune, Lake County News-Sun, "Talk of the County: Pritzker plans 'to get rid of the middle class'," 4 June 2019

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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 How to pronounce liar (audio) \

Kids Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies

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