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Archibald

[ahr-chuh-bawld, -buh ld]
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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

  • "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

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

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill


Word Origin and History for archibald

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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