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
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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of liar

: a person who tells lies

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