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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
  • If a liar tells us that lying is wrong, this makes him a hypocrite, but it does not invalidate his claim.
  • Anyone who tells you different is a either a liar or misinformed.
  • The liar will have you thinking that maybe the dog did eat the homework.
  • It is time to add jail sentences for being proven incompetent if not a liar.
  • These same limitations also apply to many newfangled approaches to catching a liar.
  • He's a perfect example of a liar who's right in anyway.
  • If you claim you have, or claim to know someone who has, you are a filthy liar.
  • If your old employer will call you a liar when asked straight up, don't do it.
  • The beauty of this is that you can pretty much pick a number out of thin air without fear of being proved a liar.
  • To call me a liar because of this is totally out of line.
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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