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[lahy-er] /ˈlaɪ ər/
a person who tells lies.
before 950; Middle English lier, Old English lēogere. See lie1, -ar1
Can be confused
liar, lyre.
falsifier, perjurer, prevaricator. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for liars
  • Bill also taught me how to play, and win, at liars poker.
  • Test suspected liars by making them read alternate versions of their stories.
  • He hath promised you more than that, or there be liars.
  • So liars feel that they own copyrights to their fabrications.
  • Truth be told, that poster who was a bit vicious about calling pro-gun people liars was right about one thing.
  • Then she turns to those liars, the candles or the moon.
  • And any of you that would deny it are simply liars and no better.
  • They don't know what they don't know and to those who do know, they stand out as liars.
  • The government people see the other side as crooks, liars and traitors.
  • Those have had a patchy and controversial history, fingering nervous innocents while acquitting practised liars.
British Dictionary definitions for liars


a person who has lied or lies repeatedly
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for liars



early 13c., from Old English leogere "liar, false witness," agent noun from Anglian legan, West Saxon leogan "be untruthful, lie" (see lie (v.1)). "The form in -ar is probably in imitation of the refashioned forms such as scholar for scoler and pillar for piler." [Barnhart]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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