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[ahr-chee] /ˈɑr tʃi/
a male given name, form of Archibald.


a combining form meaning “rule,” “government,” forming abstract nouns usually corresponding to personal nouns ending in -arch:
monarchy; oligarchy.
Origin of -archy
Middle English -archie < Latin -archia < Greek, equivalent to arch(os) or -arch(ēs) -arch + -ia -y3 Unabridged
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  • Archy stepped back to the door listening, but there was not a sound.

    Cutlass and Cudgel George Manville Fenn
  • "Oh, mamma, we're going to the orchard to play," said Archy.

  • "Waur he canna be," muttered Sir Archy, with a significance that gave the words a very equivocal meaning.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • "Damn me if I do, then, Archy," broke in the old man roughly.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • He had some difficulty in identifying himself with the man who had gone ashore with Archy Bates that evening.

    Command William McFee
  • "Well, Archy," said the O'Donoghue, addressing his brother-in-law.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
  • Archy Hawkins said: “How long did you have to wait on the front steps, Pony, dear?”

    The Flight of Pony Baker W. D. Howells
  • He ought to have joined in the laugh, and rewarded Archy on the spot for so good a witticism.

    Charles I Jacob Abbott
  • Sir Archy, who felt in the scene a direct acknowledgment of his appeal to Heaven, drew closer to the window, and listened.

    The O'Donoghue Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for Archy


combining form
government; rule: anarchy, monarchy
Derived Forms
-archic, combining_form:in_adjective
-archist, combining_form:in_noun:countable
Word Origin
from Greek -arkhia; see -arch
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Word Origin and History for Archy


word-forming element meaning "rule," from Latin -archia, from Greek -arkhia "rule," from arkhos "leader, chief, ruler," from arkhe "beginning, origin, first place" (see archon).

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