Difference between Lier and Liar

Key difference:  The two words differ in their spelling, and actually have different meanings too. A lier is the one who lies down; while a liar is the one who deliberately tells lies.

According to myDictionary.net, a lier means:  

  • “One who lies down; one who rests or remains, as in concealment”.

According to Dictionary.com:

  • “a person or thing that lies, as in wait or in ambush.”

The person who reclines or lies down is said as a lier.

According to myDictionary.net, a liar means

  • “A person, who knowingly utters falsehood; one who lies.”

According to Dictionary.com:

  •  A liar is "a person who tells lies".

Liar is the one who tells falsehood deliberately or purposely.

Comparison between Lier and Liar:

 

Lier

Liar

Short description

One who lies down is the lier.

One who says falsehood is said to be the liar.

Examples

The lier was also accused at the time as being pro-German.

I was happy to leave the compulsive liar behind.

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Why is "liar" spelled with an "a" when all other forms of both words use an "e"?

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