Archibald

Archibald

[ahr-chuh-bawld, -buhld]
noun
a male given name: from a Germanic word meaning “distinguished and bold.”
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Archibald
male proper name, from O.H.G. Erchanbald, lit. "genuine bold," from erchan "genuine" + bald (see bold). Archie, British WWI 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!"
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