Definition for charlie (2 of 4)
noun, plural Char·leys. Military Slang.
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Examples from the Web for charlie
The editors, writers, and cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo were human beings with families, friends, and loved ones.
Charlie ridiculed my faith and culture and I died defending his right to do so.
As soon as this attack [happened], Paris citizens came together to show were are not afraid, we are Charlie Hebdo.
Everyone out there who says, “Charlie Hebdo provoked,” is making the same fundamental error.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In other words, the free speech exhibited by the folks at Charlie Hebdo was not virtuous—until there was a body count.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Charlie Hall was diverted back to the first of the Peter Neales.The Boy Grew Older|Heywood Broun
But Charlie is dead; and the discharge was only a few moments ago.The Cabin on the Prairie|C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
I don't like that man's face who brought the message to you, Charlie.
Charlie shook 'ands with 'im, but 'e said 'e wouldn't walk out with Mrs. Jennings for a fortune.Sailor's Knots (Entire Collection)|W.W. Jacobs
"Well, I have never felt the cold in these clothes," Charlie said.
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Word Origin and History for 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.