Archibald

[ahr-chuh-bawld, -buh ld]
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noun

a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “distinguished and bold.”

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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!"

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