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

Definition of archly

1 : in an arch manner
2 : extremely archly conservative

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an archly competitive young executive

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The reality of the situation in Zug was almost certainly less archly conspiratorial than the dossier alleged, but the problem of business as usual was precisely the point. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 The charming and archly witty Love & Friendship (imagine Downton Abbey with just Maggie Smith) is a reminder, among other things, of Kate Beckinsale's way with a corset and a bon mot. Mary Kaye Schilling, Town & Country, "Whit Stillman On Directing Jane Austen," 27 Apr. 2016 Foxtrot is best when it’s posing philosophical questions to the viewer just through its perfectly realized bizarre environments, including Michael and Dafna’s archly designed home and Jonathan’s shipping container. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Foxtrot Is a Dreamlike Interrogation of War," 27 Feb. 2018 Breed smiled archly at the Chinatown dignitaries — and at her mentor, former Mayor Willie Brown — who were lined up alongside her on the platform. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, "London Breed works to rebuild Brown coalition in Chinatown," 18 Feb. 2018 Golden Road, the brewers and their fans noted archly, is now owned by the Belgium-based, multinational conglomerate Anheuser-Busch InBev. Mike Morris, Houston Chronicle, "Turner bests LA counterpart in World Series beer bet," 27 Oct. 2017 Born during the Cold War, the John Birch Society was so archly conservative it could be called fright-wing. Stu Bykofsky,, "John Birch Society at a Philly rec center | Stu Bykofsky," 20 Sep. 2017 This archly witty English pop-rock band has gained a fervent — and growing — American audience in the last two years, thanks in part to the reputation of its outspoken lead singer, Matthew Healy. New York Times, "Pop, Rock and Jazz in NYC This Week," 25 May 2017

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First Known Use of archly

1662, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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