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), Swedish lögnare (liar). More at lie.

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Noun[edit]

liar (plural liars)

  1. One who tells lies.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 15, in 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, possibly through the intermediate of Old French lier in the Middle Ages, as it appeared relatively late in Spanish texts[1]. See also the doublet ligar, a semi-learned term, as well as the inherited Old Spanish form legar (to tie, bind) (in modern Spanish, this word survives as a rare regionalism, often with a specialized sense such as "tie or bind a sheep for shearing", or "to join together, unite").

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
  4. to roll (a cigarette)

Conjugation[edit]

  • Rule: stressed í in certain conjugations; monosyllabic infinitives receive no written accent in certain conjugations. This change was put into effect in the 2010 spelling reforms by the RAE, so some other forms are still commonly seen.

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Swedish[edit]

Noun[edit]

liar

  1. indefinite plural of lie