noun, plural Char·leys. Military Slang.
Examples from the Web for charlies
Historical Examples of charlies
Not that he had any exalted idea of Charlies ability as a farmer.
Since Charlies arrival, the night before, no word had passed between them.
With Charlies toy drum strung round his neck on a narrow blue ribbon, he was distinctly mirth-inspiring.Marjorie Dean College Freshman
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
It was early spring when Charlies wife died; it was late August now.
Word Origin for charlie
Word Origin 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.