[ chahr-lee ]

  1. a word used in communications to represent the letter C.

  2. Also Char·ley .Military Slang. Victor Charlie.

  1. a male given name, form of Charles.

  2. a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Charlie in a sentence

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

  • When Ruth hastened to the court the brancardiers had shuffled in with the last of Charlies load and he was cranking up his car.

  • Walter felt at home at once, and declared that he guessed he would try Cook Charlies biscuit.

    Fighting the Sea | Edward A. Rand
  • Cook Charlies taters will soon be cold as the heart of a mermaid, if you ever dream of sich things.

    Fighting the Sea | Edward A. Rand
  • Increased poverty had produced crime, and the “Old Charlies” were of little use.

British Dictionary definitions for charlie (1 of 4)


/ (ˈtʃɑːlɪ) /

  1. British informal a silly person; fool

  2. Australian old-fashioned, informal a girl or woman

Origin of charlie

C20: for sense 1: shortened from Charlie Hunt, rhyming slang for cunt; sense 2 is shortened from Charlie Wheeler, rhyming slang for sheila

British Dictionary definitions for Charlie (2 of 4)


/ (ˈtʃɑːlɪ) /

  1. communications a code word for the letter c

British Dictionary definitions for Charlie (3 of 4)



/ (ˈtʃɑːlɪ) /

  1. US and Australian military slang a member of the Vietcong or the Vietcong collectively: Charlie hit us with rockets

Origin of Charlie

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

British Dictionary definitions for Charlie (4 of 4)


/ (ˈtʃɑːlɪ) /

  1. slang cocaine

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