Definition of liar in English:



  • A person who tells lies.

    ‘the man was a notorious liar’
    [with modifier] ‘Shelley wasn't a good liar’
    • ‘Tests have shown that a sensitive thermal imaging technique which spots heat coming off the face can detect liars.’
    • ‘At worst, such politicians are liars, with the blood of innocents on their hands.’
    • ‘They may be impulsive, manipulative, reckless, quarrelsome, and consistent liars.’
    • ‘When even your own party thinks that you are a liar, you know you are in trouble.’
    • ‘What I mean is that some liars will spend a lot of time convincing themselves and others that they are not really lying at all.’
    • ‘I entirely agree that a lot of spirits are liars and manipulators.’
    • ‘Of course, being an unrepentant liar and perjurer is better than being a socialist.’
    • ‘We are so inured to the laxness and corruptness, that we defend the bullies and liars.’
    • ‘If writers use them to disguise their fabrications, I call them liars.’
    • ‘They should not be abandoned to the tender mercies of manipulative liars and gold-diggers.’
    • ‘People who say that are liars and should be ostracised from the group.’
    • ‘He was not sure he should place his trust in the words of someone who was a notorious liar and thief.’
    • ‘That's a mighty weak basis on which to call us frauds, liars, and smear merchants.’
    • ‘Some fakers are compulsive liars who convince themselves of the truth of their own stories.’
    • ‘The liars, the traitors, the thugs, and the outlaws cannot be handed the destiny of a nation like India.’
    • ‘Known hypocrites and liars may, of course, tell the truth about a particular incident.’
    • ‘In a world full of liars, cheaters and the deceitful, who has always given me honesty?’
    • ‘To those who call politicians liars and the like, please be optimistic!’
    • ‘If natural born leaders are also natural born liars, can we really hold it against them when they do what comes naturally?’
    • ‘The point of the book is not that all marketers are all liars, but that they're storytellers.’
    deceiver, fibber, falsifier, teller of lies, teller of untruths, perjurer, false witness, fabricator, equivocator, prevaricator, spinner of yarns
    romancer, fabulist
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Old English lēogere (see lie, -ar).