roguishness; sauciness.

Origin of archness

First recorded in 1700–10; arch2 + -ness Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for archness

Historical Examples of archness

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

  • 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

    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