Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In an arch manner; coyly.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • adverb in an arch manner; slyly

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

  • adverb in_an_arch_manner; with playful slyness or roguishness

Etymologies

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arch +‎ -ly

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

  • I giggled archly, wiggling deeper into his embrace.

    Exit the Actress

  • 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

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

    Archive 2009-03-01

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

    Hey, Janet! Have You Got Syfy?

  • "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

  • I giggled archly, wiggling deeper into his embrace.

    Exit the Actress

  • 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

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  • 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

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

    February 5, 2011