liar

noun
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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Doing her best to raise the level of civility in Washington, Nancy Pelosi called William Barr a liar on Thursday. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Pelosi’s Pre-Emptive Smear," 2 May 2019 There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love all things Disney and liars. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "20 Insane Disney Movie Fan Theories That Will Blow. Your. Mind.," 16 Apr. 2019 Michael Cohen is, famously, a lowlife and screwball who’s made his living as an enforcer, liar and thug. Peggy Noonan, WSJ, "Michael Cohen Makes History," 28 Feb. 2019 Soon afterward, Cardi posted a series of ten videos to her Instagram, addressing Nicki directly and calling her a liar. Kara Nesvig, Teen Vogue, "Cardi B and Nicki Minaj Settle Feud After Claims Cardi Was Also Offered Nicki's Little Mix Collab," 30 Oct. 2018 All Comments 3 Captain Covfefe F52 Ace - Retired 36 minutes ago Typical liar GOP dirtbag. Washington Post, "Arizona lawmaker apologizes after video shows 140 mph brag," 12 July 2018 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. refinery29.com, "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

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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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liar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies

liar

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

Kids Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies

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