charlie (plural charlies)

  1. Alternative form of Charlie

  • (GA) IPA: /ˈtʃɑɹli/
Proper noun
  1. A male given name; also used as a formal given name.
    • 1979 Charles Kuralt, Dateline America, Harcourt Brace Jovanocich, ISBN 0151239576, page 184:
      Heaven only knows why a man with a strong biblical name like James wants to be a president named Jimmy. I'm certain that if he were called Charles, he wouldn't fool around that way. Charles is not so bad, but Charlie is a terrible burden to bear.
  2. A female given name or Charlene, also used as a formal given name, although less common than the male name.
    • 2007 Sophie Hannah, Hurting Distance, Hodder & Stoughton, ISBN 9780340 937907, page 225:
      'Can I call you Charlotte?'
      'No. I hate the name, makes me sound like a Victorian aunt. I'm Charlie, and no, you can't call me that either.'
  3. The letter C in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
  4. A name for a fox in fables and folk literature.
Synonyms Translations
  • Russian: Ча́рли
  • Spanish: Carlito
Translations Noun

charlie (uncountable)

  1. (military slang) An enemy; the Vietcong; short for Victor Charlie.
  2. (uncountable, slang) Cocaine.
  3. (countable, chiefly, UK, slang, often with "right" and/or "proper") A fool.
    You look a right Charlie in that clown outfit!Yes, we make a right pair of Charlies.
    • 2009, Ruth Rendell, The Best Man To Die, [|proper|some|any|a+charlie|charlies%22+-intitle:%22charlie%22+-inauthor:%22charlie%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=g5UiT9WwM4WSiAedg7HOBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22right|proper|some|any|a%20charlie|charlies%22%20-intitle%3A%22charlie%22%20-inauthor%3A%22charlie%22&f=false page 26],
      He looked a right Charlie in those tails and striped trousers.
  4. (slang, usually in the plural) A woman's breast
  5. (dated) A nightwatchman.
  6. A short, pointed beard, like that of King Charles I.

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