arch [1] NOUN 1) a curved structure spanning an opening or supporting the weight of a bridge, roof, or wall. 2) the inner side of the foot.
VERB form or cause to form an arch.
DERIVATIVES arched adjective.
ORIGIN Old French arche, from Latin arcus 'bow' .
arch [2] ADJECTIVE self-consciously playful or teasing.
DERIVATIVES archly adverb archness noun.
ORIGIN from ARCH-(Cf. ↑arch-), by association with the sense «rogue» in combinations such as arch-scoundrel.

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