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Charles ("Charlie") 1922–79, U.S. jazz bass player and composer.


Sir Charles Spencer ("Charlie") 1889–1977, English film actor, producer, and director; in U.S. 1910–52.
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charlie (ˈtʃɑːlɪ)
1.  informal (Brit) a silly person; fool
2.  old-fashioned, informal (Austral) a girl or woman
[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)
communications a code word for the letter c

Charlie or Charley2 (ˈtʃɑːlɪ)
slang (US), (Austral) military a member of the Vietcong or the Vietcong collectively: Charlie hit us with rockets
[shortened from Victor Charlie, communications code for VC, abbreviation of Vietcong]
Charley or Charley2
[shortened from Victor Charlie, communications code for VC, abbreviation of Vietcong]

Charlie3 (ˈtʃɑːlɪ)
slang cocaine

Chaplin (ˈtʃæplɪn)
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)

Mingus (ˈmɪŋɡəs)
Charles, known as Charlie Mingus. 1922--79, US jazz double bassist, composer, and band leader

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Word Origin & History

1965, 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, 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, Amer.Eng., from black slang (his wife was Miss Ann).
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Example sentences 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.
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