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  1. a person or thing that lies, as in wait or in ambush.
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Origin of lier

First recorded in 1575–85; lie2 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for lier

Historical Examples of lier

  • Among others, one was founded in the Lier, in the year 1480.

    A Wanderer in Holland

    E. V. Lucas

  • It was past midnight, but the schoolmates were still sitting over their wine in a private room in the Lion at Lier.

  • I'll speak to the lieutenant, he must take my place, and you and I will ride to Lier; there you will tell me the whole story.

  • Last night Aunt Mary awoke and found herself alone; she gave the alarm, and people have hunted for lier ever since.

  • Ann Rutledge lies buried north of lier brother, and rests sweetly on his left arm, angels to guard her.

Word Origin and History for lier


"one who reclines;" 1580s, agent noun from lie (v.2).

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