- a male given name, form of Archibald.
- a combining form meaning “rule,” “government,” forming abstract nouns usually corresponding to personal nouns ending in -arch: monarchy; oligarchy.
Origin of -archy
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Examples from the Web for archy
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Gertie looked at Archy and then at the music-box, and Archy looked at the music-box and then at Gertie.
"Oh, mamma, we're going to the orchard to play," said Archy.
"Damn me if I do, then, Archy," broke in the old man roughly.
Sir Archy did not wait for the conclusion of this rambling reply.
"That mountain yonder is not seen from the bay," said Sir Archy, thoughtfully.
- government; ruleanarchy; monarchy
from Greek -arkhia; see -arch
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Word Origin and History for archy
word-forming element meaning "rule," from Latin -archia, from Greek -arkhia "rule," from arkhos "leader, chief, ruler," from arkhe "beginning, origin, first place" (see archon).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper