li·​ar | \ ˈlī(-ə)r How to pronounce liar (audio) \

Definition of liar

: 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 Paul accused Fauci of being less than forthright and trying to skirt responsibility, which led to a rebuttal by Fauci basically calling Paul a liar. Chris Sims, The Courier-Journal, 23 July 2021 So, putting aside the question of whether the allegation of being gay is defamatory, Davis may choose to pursue the argument that the anonymous texter is calling Davis a liar. Jack Greiner, The Enquirer, 19 May 2021 Far-right bloggers shared the name and photograph, calling her a liar and attempting to discredit her by sharing personal details about her. Rebecca Boone, Star Tribune, 20 Apr. 2021 Romley called him a liar, and the chief eventually quit. Maria Polletta, The Arizona Republic, 23 Oct. 2021 God must guide the hand of the just, so whoever loses is the liar. Kyle Smith, National Review, 13 Oct. 2021 To me Reality seems too good for this world; others watch the same production and see her as a liar and a fool. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 11 Oct. 2021 Heather questions why Jen has been mean-tweeting about her — posting, liking or retweeting things comparing her to manatees and Honey Boo Boo, and calling her a manipulator, liar and racist. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 Infectious Diseases was a liar and pervert, the newspaper reported. Tiffini Theisen,, 7 Sep. 2021

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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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25 Nov 2021

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“Liar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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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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