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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
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.
She said it archly, meaning to suggest that Dick might be jealous.
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 aesthetic that appreciates kitsch is partly ironic, involving a sort of archly detached amusement.
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.
I giggled archly, wiggling deeper into his embrace.
"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."
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."
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.
The heart of the conflict was an archly conflicting view of filial responsibility: Should parents serve children?