Arch Arch (["a]rch), a. [See {Arch-}, pref.] 1. Chief; eminent; greatest; principal. [1913 Webster]

The most arch act of piteous massacre. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. Cunning or sly; sportively mischievous; roguish; as, an arch look, word, lad. [1913 Webster]

[He] spoke his request with so arch a leer. --Tatler. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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