Arch is a related term of ironical.
In obsolete|lang=en terms the difference between arch and ironical
is that arch
is (obsolete) a chief while ironical
is (obsolete) feigning ignorance; simulating lack of instruction or knowledge; exhibiting socratic irony.
As adjectives the difference between arch and ironical
is that arch
) knowing, clever, mischievous while ironical
is characterized by or constituting (any kind of) irony.
As a noun arch
)an inverted u shape or arch
can be (obsolete) a chief.
As a verb arch
is to form into an arch shape.
From (etyl), from (etyl) .
(senseid)An inverted U shape.
An arch-shaped arrangement of trapezoidal stones, designed to redistribute downward force outward.
(senseid)(architecture) An architectural element having the shape of an arch
Any place covered by an arch; an archway.
(archaic, geometry) An arc; a part of a curve.
- to pass into the arch of a bridge
To form into an arch shape
To cover with an arch or arches.
- The cat arched its back
From the prefix . "Principal" is the original sense; "mischievous" is via onetime frequent collocation with rogue, knave, etc.
(senseid) Knowing, clever, mischievous.
- I attempted to hide my emotions, but an arch remark escaped my lips.
* 1906 , O. Henry,
- [He] spoke his request with so arch a leer.
- A certain melancholy that touched her countenance must have been of recent birth, for it had not yet altered the fine and youthful contours of her cheek, nor subdued the arch though resolute curve of her lips.
- Lassiter ended there with dry humor, yet behind that was meaning. Jane blushed and made arch eyes at him.
- the most arch act of piteous massacre
(obsolete) A chief.
- My worthy arch and patron comes to-night.
Characterized by or constituting (any kind of) irony.
Given to the use of irony; sarcastic.
(obsolete) Feigning ignorance; simulating lack of instruction or knowledge; exhibiting Socratic irony.