lying

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Etymology[edit]

lie +‎ -ing

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

lying

  1. Present participle of lie.
    • 1811, Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility, Chapter 19:
      Without shutting herself up from her family ... or lying awake the whole night to indulge meditation, Elinor found every day afforded her leisure enough to think of Edward...[1]

Noun[edit]

lying (plural lyings)

  1. An act of telling a lie, or falsehood.
    • Jeremy Taylor
      [] he must do it by false propositions, by lyings, and such weak discourses as none can believe but such as are born fools []
  2. The act of one who lies, or keeps low to the ground.
    lyings in wait

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sense and Sensibility, Chapters 1 -19 The Free Library