archness

[ahrch-nis]
noun
roguishness; sauciness.

Origin:
1700–10; arch2 + -ness

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arch2 (ɑːtʃ)
 
adj
1.  (prenominal) chief; principal; leading: his arch rival
2.  (prenominal) very experienced; expert: an arch criminal
3.  knowing or superior
4.  playfully or affectedly roguish or mischievous
 
[C16: independent use of arch-]
 
'archly2
 
adv
 
'archness2
 
n

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Example sentences
But beneath its archness lies something genuine and affecting.
Others wink over windows, adding archness to the solemn faces of brownstones.
We recommend an acting coach to vary the tone and modulate the archness of his delivery.
In the satire on the suitors there was no severity, but only archness, sparkling over grave and gentle preoccupation.
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