liar

[lahy-er]
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Origin of liar

before 950; Middle English lier, Old English lēogere. See lie1, -ar1
Can be confusedliar lyre

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liar

noun
  1. a person who has lied or lies repeatedly
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Word Origin and History for liar
n.

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]

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