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[lahy-er] /ˈlaɪ ər/
a person who tells lies.
Origin of liar
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 liar
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  • To call him a liar was equivalent to contracting a doctor's bill.

  • "Then is my color a liar, uncle; but I am not," Napoleon insisted.

  • He thus curiously characterised one of our old acquaintance: '—— is a good man, Sir; but he is a vain man and a liar.

  • A warehouse of facts, with poet and liar in joint ownership.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • He deceived and stole; he was a liar and a thief, and no pretty ways could hide the fact.

    Being a Boy Charles Dudley Warner
British Dictionary definitions for liar


a person who has lied or lies repeatedly
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Word Origin and History for liar

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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liar in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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