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  1. in an arch or roguish manner.
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Origin of archly

First recorded in 1655–65; arch2 + -ly
Related formsun·arch·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for archly

Historical Examples

  • “I shall be as tall as you some day, Lady,” responded Margaret archly.

    Earl Hubert's Daughter

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • "I think I like the sisters to be older," said Betty archly.

    A Little Girl in Old Boston

    Amanda Millie Douglas

  • "He won't suffer for it, I'll be bound," said Mrs. Bradshaw, archly.

  • "He means that you are always looking at him, my dear," says her mother, archly.

  • "Didn't I hear ye sayin' suthin' about refreshments," she said archly.