liar

noun

li·​ar ˈlī(-ə)r How to pronounce liar (audio)
: a person who tells lies
has a reputation as a liar

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 Defense lawyers have signaled that their case will most likely focus on attacking Michael Cohen as a serial liar who cannot be trusted and arguing that prosecutors have little evidence of Trump’s intent to commit a crime. Michael Rothfeld Emily Woo Zeller Krish Seenivasan David Mason, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2024 Well, the state's position was that Andy was a liar. Natalie Morales, CBS News, 2 Mar. 2024 And by the way, Ohtani unequivocally branded his former close friend, workout partner and right-hand man as a liar and a thief. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 This is something Todd struggled with as moderator; social media was routinely flooded with people begging him to either stop booking liars or at least be more forceful in his follow-up questions. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 24 Mar. 2024 In the recent trial, the prosecution characterized Whitehead as a habitual liar, emphasizing his deceit regarding access, influence, and relationships. Melissa Noel, Essence, 15 Mar. 2024 When the camera cut to Greene booing Biden and calling him a liar, Moore looked unimpressed. Journal Sentinel, 11 Mar. 2024 In 2019, Carroll filed a defamation lawsuit against Trump in New York for making disparaging comments and branding her a liar after the publication of her memoir. Ben Protess, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2024 Cliff Gardner: The state's position was that Andy was a liar. Natalie Morales, CBS News, 2 Mar. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Liar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/liar. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

liar

noun
li·​ar ˈlī(-ə)r How to pronounce liar (audio)
: a person who tells lies

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