Definition for charlies (2 of 2)
noun, plural Char·leys. Military Slang.
Examples from the Web for charlies
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
The men had gone home and it was all dark except for the headlights on Charlies car.Roy Blakeley, Lost, Strayed or Stolen|Percy Keese Fitzhugh
"Uncle" Charlies was the only slave that remained in the family as a servant after the Emancipation Proclamation.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
Probably dropped out of either Donovans or Charlies pockets and got kicked under that loose flooring in the gale last night.Dorothy Dixon and the Mystery Plane|Dorothy Wayne
On the shore of Charlies island is a piece of rich land of probably two acres in extent.The Seminole Indians of Florida|Clay MacCauley
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Word Origin for charlie
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Word Origin for Charlie
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Word Origin and History for charlies
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.