Definition of archly in US English:



  • See arch

    • ‘‘It seems to be a habit of my teammates that they all come in as rising stars,’ he said archly.’
    • ‘‘He thinks it's ostentatious,’ says Boss archly.’
    • ‘‘Of course I have,’ she countered archly, ‘you just forgot.’’
    • ‘‘I'll be twenty-one in September,’ she replied archly.’
    • ‘‘You will observe,’ wrote Jawaharlal Nehru archly to a Cabinet colleague, ‘that we have disturbed the hornet's nest and I believe most of us are likely to be badly stung.’’