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- n. The state of being arch; cleverness.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The quality of being arch; cleverness; sly humor free from malice; waggishness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The quality of being arch; slyness without malice; cunning; waggishness; roguishness; pleasing coyness: as, “dryness and archness of humour,”
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. inappropriate playfulness
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While a certain archness is built into any new analog electrpop, We Are Wolves makes it not just a joke, but a good sweaty joke.
Byrne and Slim clearly see Marcos and Cumpas as more than just camp figures, but there's a certain archness to Here Lies Love that keeps us from really caring about their strange, sad story. —
She was dressed with great simplicity, in plain frock, apron, and white cap, to represent a fair young Quakeress, and she sung a song about her lover with much "archness" -- a delightful quality in woman.
As for our Mr Westray, your Mr Westray, I should say now, "and she assumed that expression of archness which is considered appropriate to such occasions," I am sure he is a sound Churchman.
As such, while clearly aspiring to the archness and oblique melodies of early Pavement, Mazes have unwittingly become a facsimile of the Wannadies, the amiable and irrepressible Swedish indie pop success story of the mid-90s.
All Sayers's hallmarks are here – ingenuity, in-depth research (but without the hairballs of factual information that too often clogged up the originals), dialogue peppered with quotations, and archness of tone (but without the grating snobbery).
These words in this setting would surely set the teeth of many environmentalists to grinding but there's no irony or archness in Boomtown.
"Mockery, irony and archness," Mr. Armstrong says, "is not what we need."
Theroux shows you've often felt that, archness aside, Louis was firmly in control, but here, oddly, he seemed more like the
But a healthy injection of archness would not be amiss.
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