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
Recent Examples on the Web Younger focuses on a protagonist who’s climbing the ranks of her industry, but who’s also constantly at risk of being exposed as a liar. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "Emily in Paris Is an Irresistible Fantasy," 5 Oct. 2020 The one who called you a liar, the one who said your wife was ugly! Erin Corbett,, "Chris Cuomo Reminds Ted Cruz Of That Time Trump Called His Wife Ugly," 1 Oct. 2020 The memoir, which portrays Donald Trump as a liar and narcissist who was coddled by an overbearing father, an incurious press and reckless banks, went on sale in July as planned after a judge refused to issue an injunction against its release. Erik Larson,, "Trump Sued by Niece Mary Alleging Family Defrauded Her," 24 Sep. 2020 Biden could often do little in the face of this barrage but call Trump a liar and urge people to cast their ballot. James Griffiths, CNN, "In Trump-Biden debate chaos, China is the big winner," 30 Sep. 2020 Trump said that Biden wasn’t a smart person, while Biden called the president a liar. Dallas News, "Trump, Biden, hurl insults that obscure substance in testy first debate," 30 Sep. 2020 Donald Trump is a con, a cheat, a phony, and a liar... Morgan Watkins, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Democrats critical, Republicans quiet on Trump tax returns," 28 Sep. 2020 Carroll promptly sued him in New York state court for defamation, claiming the denial smears her as a liar. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 17 Sep. 2020 The tension continued at the reunion, during which Lisa Rinna accused her longtime friend of being a liar. Hanna Flanagan,, "Denise Richards Explains Why Her Eyes Were Red During the RHOBH Reunion," 3 Sep. 2020

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

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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Liar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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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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