Definitions

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  • adv. in an arch manner; slyly

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In an arch manner; with attractive slyness or roguishness; slyly; waggishly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an arch manner; coyly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in_an_arch_manner; with playful slyness or roguishness

Etymologies

arch +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Flawed, certainly - a writer can't get away with that kind of archly self-conscious style these days, let alone the heavily didactic tone - but his dog characters, the stoical Rowf and the psychotic terrier Snitter, whose botched brain surgery has rendered him both mad and prophetic, are an unforgettable pair, and we share each nail-biting moment of their journey.

    MIND MELD: The Forgotten Books of SF/F/H

  • She said it archly, meaning to suggest that Dick might be jealous.

    The White Wolf and Other Fireside Tales

  • And a body to fix them in, and tanks for oil and petrol, and a tail, and, "archly," one of those dashing young Pilots, what? "

    The Aeroplane Speaks

  • The aesthetic that appreciates kitsch is partly ironic, involving a sort of archly detached amusement.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • A bit like those curling posters of the Pope smoking a joint that adorned teenage walls in the 1980s, nothing says "I'm 15, white and middle class" like smirking archly in a Nike Get High T-shirt as your mum drops you off at the Richmond Park half-pipe.

    Get High: Why Nike got hooked on dope | Marina Hyde

  • I giggled archly, wiggling deeper into his embrace.

    Exit the Actress

  • "Auster coyly celebrates the power of the imagination and marvels over the labyrinthine nature of the mind in an archly playful and shrewdly philosophical tribute to the transcendence of stories."

    Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Auster: Book summary

  • Mr. Jiang was greeted by large, noisy demonstrations everywhere he went, and Mr. Clinton archly noted during a freewheeling joint press conference that China's authoritarian government was on "the wrong side of history."

    An American Message for the Chinese President

  • His father, Luther Cain Jr., moved the family from Memphis to archly segregated Atlanta in the late 1940s, when Herman Cain was two years old.

    Herman Cain's Political Education

  • The heart of the conflict was an archly conflicting view of filial responsibility: Should parents serve children?

    George Heymont: Clowning Around: The Circus of Life

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  • "'Oh?' I said archly, in an attempt to lighten the mood." -Club Dead, by Charlaine Harris

    February 5, 2011

  • Another one of the many words I picked up while reading David Eddings. It means roguish, playfully mischievous, all with what I determine to be a slight connotation of sensuality.

    July 6, 2007