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archness

[ahrch-nis]
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noun
  1. roguishness; sauciness.

Origin of archness

First recorded in 1700–10; arch2 + -ness
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Examples from the Web for archness

Historical Examples

  • There was something half painful in their jocund gayety and archness.

    Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885

    Various

  • All her animation and archness had not rendered it half so pleasant to look upon.

    Hopes and Fears

    Charlotte M. Yonge

  • There came an archness into her look that inflamed me the more.

    The Crossing

    Winston Churchill

  • There was an archness in her smile which was altogether womanly.

    Unveiling a Parallel</p>

    Alice Ilgenfritz Jones and Ella Marchant

  • She looked at him with a concern which was to me more engaging than her archness.

    The Admiral

    Douglas Sladen


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