Definition of Archness

1. Noun. Inappropriate playfulness.

Exact synonyms: Impertinence, Perkiness, Pertness, Sauciness
Generic synonyms: Fun, Playfulness
Derivative terms: Impertinent, Pert, Saucy



Definition of Archness

1. n. The quality of being arch; cleverness; sly humor free from malice; waggishness.

Definition of Archness

1. Noun. The state of being arch; cleverness. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Archness

1. slyness [n -ES] - See also: slyness

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Archness

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archmodernists
archmurderer
archmurderers
archnemeses
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archness (current term)
archnesses
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archosaurian
archosaurian reptile
archosaurians
archosauromorph

Literary usage of Archness

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1. The Monthly Review by Charles William Wason (1834)
"Archery and archness. By ROHIN HOOD. 12mo. pp. 204. London: T. Hurst. 1834. WE are too grave to have much liking for squibs, ..."

2. Observations, Anecdotes, and Characters, of Books and Men by Joseph Spence (1820)
"... a very uncommon archness in them. —The same. HUGHES Was a good humble-spirited man, and but a poor writer, except his play—that was very well.—The same. ..."

3. Memoirs of Doctor Burney by Fanny Burney (1832)
"he would quietly say, with a smile of inexpressible archness, " Go to, my friends, go to ! go you your way, and let me go mine! And pray, don't be troubled ..."

4. Interesting Anecdotes, Memoirs, Allegories, Essays, and Poetical Fragments by Addison (1797)
"The King was so pleased with the archness of this observation, that he immediately replied, " Well then, ..."

5. The Mysteries of the Court of London by George William MacArthur Reynolds (1864)
"... soft and musical, was playfully bantering and full of good-humoured archness. "Of what was I thinking, dearest? ..."

6. The Theatres of Paris by Charles Hervey, Alexandre Lacauchie (1847)
"Her voice is extremely distinct, and she sings a couplet with point and archness, and no liitle humour. SANXAY (M""). The debut of this lady at the ..."

7. Gallery of British Artists: From the Days of Hogarth to the Present Time, Or ...by George Hamilton by George Hamilton (1837)
"THE goddess of love and beauty reclines in her bower, and, with a playful archness of expression, gazes on Cupid who is peeping through the foliage. ..."

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