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Charlie

[chahr-lee] /ˈtʃɑr li/
noun
1.
a word used in communications to represent the letter C.
2.
Military Slang. Charley.
3.
a male given name, form of Charles.
4.
a female given name.

Charley

or Charlie

[chahr-lee] /ˈtʃɑr li/
noun, plural Charleys. Military Slang.
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  • Every precaution is taken, but still there will be many a slip between this pheasant cup and charlies lip, I am afraid.

    Up the Country Emily Eden
  • Not that he had any exalted idea of charlies ability as a farmer.

    Pickett's Gap Homer Greene
  • Probably dropped out of either Donovans or charlies pockets and got kicked under that loose flooring in the gale last night.

  • With charlies toy drum strung round his neck on a narrow blue ribbon, he was distinctly mirth-inspiring.

  • charlies one of those big-souled men who never accumulate anything, and he is blunt and hearty in his manner.

    Meg, of Valencia Myra Williams Jarrell
  • But the wood was hard, and the knife was blunt, and charlies fingers were very small.

    Faces in the Fire Frank W. Boreham
  • They had never thought of charlies voice, which was about as deep as a full grown mans!

    The Motor Maids' School Days Katherine Stokes
  • The men had gone home and it was all dark except for the headlights on charlies car.

  • Their sylvan life, Pamelas and charlies, was almost as unknown to her as that of the birds they watched.

    Christmas Roses and Other Stories Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • When Ruth hastened to the court the brancardiers had shuffled in with the last of charlies load and he was cranking up his car.

British Dictionary definitions for charlies

charlie

/ˈtʃɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) a silly person; fool
2.
(Austral, old-fashioned, informal) a girl or woman
Word Origin
C20: for sense 1: shortened from Charlie Hunt, rhyming slang for cunt; sense 2 is shortened from Charlie Wheeler, rhyming slang for sheila

Charlie1

/ˈtʃɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
(communications) a code word for the letter c

Charlie2

/ˈtʃɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
(US & Austral, military, slang) a member of the Vietcong or the Vietcong collectively: Charlie hit us with rockets
Word Origin
shortened from Victor Charlie, communications code for VC, abbreviation of Vietcong

Charlie3

/ˈtʃɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
(slang) cocaine
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Word Origin and History for charlies

Charlie

masc. proper name, familiar form of Charles (also see -y (3)); 1965 in Vietnam War U.S. military slang for "Vietcong, Vietcong soldier," probably suggested by Victor Charlie, military communication code for V.C. (as abbreviation of Viet Cong), perhaps strengthened by World War II slang use of Charlie for Japanese soldiers, which itself is probably an extension of the 1930s derogatory application of Charlie to any Asian man, from fictional Chinese detective Charlie Chan.

Other applications include "a night watchman" (1812); "a goatee beard" (1834, from portraits of King Charles I and his contemporaries); "a fox" (1857); "a woman's breasts" (1874); "an infantryman's pack" (World War I); and "a white man" (Mr. Charlie), 1960, American English, from black slang.

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Slang definitions & phrases for charlies

Charlies

noun

Army C-rations, packages of tinned and dried food

[1970s+ Army; fr Charlie, the letter C in the military phonetic alphabet formerly used for voice communication]

Charley

Charlie

noun

The Vietcong or a Vietcong soldier

Related Terms

mister charlie

[Vietnam War armed forces; fr Victor Charlie, military voice alphabet designation for VC]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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