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Charlie

[chahr-lee] /ˈtʃɑr li/
noun
1.
a word used in communications to represent the letter C.
2.
Military Slang. Charley.
3.
a male given name, form of Charles.
4.
a female given name.

Mingus

[ming-guh s] /ˈmɪŋ gəs/
noun
1.
Charles ("Charlie") 1922–79, U.S. jazz bass player and composer.

Chaplin

[chap-lin] /ˈtʃæp lɪn/
noun
1.
Sir Charles Spencer ("Charlie") 1889–1977, English film actor, producer, and director; in U.S. 1910–52.
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Examples from the web for Charlie
  • Dodger and Charlie steal the wallet of an old gentleman named mr.
  • They also wear Charlie brown shirts complete with the zigzag.
  • There were many reports of Charlie staying out late at jam sessions and eating poorly.
British Dictionary definitions for Charlie

charlie

/ˈtʃɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
(Brit, informal) a silly person; fool
2.
(Austral, old-fashioned, informal) a girl or woman
Word Origin
C20: for sense 1: shortened from Charlie Hunt, rhyming slang for cunt; sense 2 is shortened from Charlie Wheeler, rhyming slang for sheila

Charlie1

/ˈtʃɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
(communications) a code word for the letter c

Charlie2

/ˈtʃɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
(US & Austral, military, slang) a member of the Vietcong or the Vietcong collectively: Charlie hit us with rockets
Word Origin
shortened from Victor Charlie, communications code for VC, abbreviation of Vietcong

Charlie3

/ˈtʃɑːlɪ/
noun
1.
(slang) cocaine

Chaplin

/ˈtʃæplɪn/
noun
1.
Sir Charles Spencer, known as Charlie Chaplin. 1889–1977, English comedian, film actor, and director. He is renowned for his portrayal of a downtrodden little man with baggy trousers, bowler hat, and cane. His films, most of which were made in Hollywood, include The Gold Rush (1924), Modern Times (1936), and The Great Dictator (1940)
Derived Forms
Chaplinesque, adjective

Mingus

/ˈmɪŋɡəs/
noun
1.
Charles, known as Charlie Mingus. 1922–79, US jazz double bassist, composer, and band leader
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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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for Charlie

Charley coke

n phr,n
  1. Cocaine
  2. A cocaine addict (1940s+ Narcotics)

Charlie

noun

The Vietcong or a Vietcong soldier

Related Terms

mister charlie

[Vietnam War armed forces; fr Victor Charlie, military voice alphabet designation for VC]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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