Main definitions of Archie in English

: Archie1Archie2

Archie1

Pronunciation /ˈɑːtʃi/

noun

slang, historical Military
  • 1Anti-aircraft guns collectively; anti-aircraft fire.

    Chiefly applied by Allied soldiers to German guns.

  • 2As a count noun. An anti-aircraft gun.

    Originally applied by Allied soldiers to German guns, but subsequently also used to denote the Allies' own guns.

Origin

Early 20th century. From Archie, pet form of the male forename Archibald; for the motivation for the name see Archibald.

Main definitions of Archie in English

: Archie1Archie2

Archie2

Pronunciation /ˈɑːtʃi/

verb

slang, historical Military
  • To fire at (an enemy air force or aircraft) with an anti-aircraft gun.

    Usually with reference to the First World War (1914–18).

Origin

Early 20th century. From Archie.