liar

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English lier, from Old English lēogere (liar, false witness, hypocrite), from lēogan (to lie, deceive, belie, betray, be in error, charge falsely), equivalent to lie +‎ -er. Cognate with German Lügner (liar), Icelandic lygari (liar). More at lie.

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Noun[edit]

liar (plural liars)

  1. One who tells lies.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 15, The China Governess[1]:
      She paused and took a defiant breath. ‘If you don't believe me, I can't help it. But I'm not a liar.’ ¶ ‘No,’ said Luke, grinning at her. ‘You're not dull enough! [] What about the kid's clothes? I don't suppose they were anything to write home about, but didn't you keep anything? []

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin ligāre, present active infinitive of ligō.

Verb[edit]

liar (first-person singular present lío, first-person singular preterite lie, past participle liado)

  1. to bind, to tie
  2. (colloquial) to deceive
  3. to wrap, to wrap up

Conjugation[edit]

  • Rule: stressed í in certain conjugations; monosyllabic infinitives receive no written accent in certain conjugations.

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

liar

  1. indefinite plural of lie