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[ahr-chuh-bawld, -buh ld] /ˈɑr tʃəˌbɔld, -bəld/
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “distinguished and bold.”. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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masc. proper name, from Old High German Erchanbald, literally "genuine bold," from erchan "genuine" + bald (see bold). Archie, British World War I military slang for "German anti-aircraft fire" (1915) supposedly is from black humor of airmen dodging hostile fire and thinking of the refrain of a popular music hall song, "Archibald, certainly not!"

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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