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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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  • To call him a liar was equivalent to contracting a doctor's bill.

  • After all, he was not worth arguing with, and a liar by instinct.

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

  • "Bivens, you're a liar," he cried in a sudden burst of rage.

    The Root of Evil Thomas Dixon
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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