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Charlie

[chahr-lee]
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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.
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Charley

or Char·lie

[chahr-lee]
noun, plural Char·leys. Military Slang.
  1. Victor Charlie.
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Mingus

[ming-guh s]
noun
  1. CharlesCharlie, 1922–79, U.S. jazz bass player and composer.
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Chaplin

[chap-lin]
noun
  1. Sir Charles SpencerCharlie, 1889–1977, English film actor, producer, and director; in U.S. 1910–52.
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Historical Examples

  • Charlie, you seem to forget that we're talkin' about a man and a gun.

  • He was of an acquisitive nature, was Charlie—and the road to his favor must be paved with gifts.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • "I'd like to know how I'm going to get back through this jungle after dark," Charlie said.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • "I thought it served him right, when I heard it," Charlie said.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • That makes me think, Charlie, of a myth there is about the first anemones.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd


British Dictionary definitions for charlie

charlie

noun
  1. British informal a silly person; fool
  2. Australian old-fashioned, informal a girl or woman
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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

noun
  1. communications a code word for the letter c
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Charlie2

Charley

noun
  1. US and Australian military slang a member of the Vietcong or the Vietcong collectivelyCharlie hit us with rockets
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Word Origin

shortened from Victor Charlie, communications code for VC, abbreviation of Vietcong

Charlie3

noun
  1. slang cocaine
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Chaplin

noun
  1. Sir Charles Spencer, known as Charlie Chaplin. 1889–1977, English comedian, film actor, and director. He is renowned for his portrayal of a downtrodden little man with baggy trousers, bowler hat, and cane. His films, most of which were made in Hollywood, include The Gold Rush (1924), Modern Times (1936), and The Great Dictator (1940)
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Derived FormsChaplinesque, adjective

Mingus

noun
  1. Charles, known as Charlie Mingus. 1922–79, US jazz double bassist, composer, and band leader
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Word Origin and History for charlie

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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