archly

adverb
arch·​ly | \ ˈärch-lē How to pronounce archly (audio) \

Definition of archly

1 : in an arch manner
2 : extremely archly conservative

Examples of archly in a Sentence

an archly competitive young executive
Recent Examples on the Web Returning to her native West, the narrator confronts postpartum depression, addiction, the Manson family and more, in ways both world-weary and archly funny. Los Angeles Times, 24 Aug. 2021 Death Becomes Her, Robert Zemeckis’s archly malevolent 1992 comedic extravaganza, was a departure from her art-house fare. Harper's BAZAAR, 3 May 2021 Mark Price is especially notable as the archly humorous and scheming butler Wadsworth, who knows all the guests invited by the mysterious Mr. Boddy to his manor house have more than a few secrets to hide. Laura Demarco, cleveland, 1 Feb. 2020 Ruiz presents a range of archly ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios built on mixed signals, marred language and cross purposes among a populace emerging from a violent political nightmare. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2019 Ruiz presents a range of archly ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios built on mixed signals, marred language and cross purposes among a populace emerging from a violent political nightmare. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2019 Melodies inevitably appear from inside the opiated haze of instrumentation and the sometimes archly clever wordplay. Greg Kot, chicagotribune.com, 9 Oct. 2019 Ruiz presents a range of archly ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios built on mixed signals, marred language and cross purposes among a populace emerging from a violent political nightmare. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2019 Ruiz presents a range of archly ridiculous, melodramatic scenarios built on mixed signals, marred language and cross purposes among a populace emerging from a violent political nightmare. Robert Abele, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of archly

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Archly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/archly. Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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