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Archibald

[ahr-chuh-bawld, -buh ld] /ˈɑr tʃəˌbɔld, -bəld/
noun
1.
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “distinguished and bold.”.
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  • "I recognise the place," said Archibald, depositing his things on the trunk.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • "Come now, surely we can get over that difficulty," said Archibald eagerly.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • Archibald declared he wouldn't have her any different for the world.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • Diana opened the green baize door, and Archibald struck a light.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • "She is perfectly sweet and beautiful as well as clever," went on Archibald.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • "I am sorry we are not to have the pleasure," said Archibald.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
Word Origin and History for Archibald

masc. proper name, from Old High German Erchanbald, literally "genuine bold," from erchan "genuine" + bald (see bold). Archie, British World War I military slang for "German anti-aircraft fire" (1915) supposedly is from black humor of airmen dodging hostile fire and thinking of the refrain of a popular music hall song, "Archibald, certainly not!"

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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