Charlie

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  • IPA(key): [ˈtʃɑːli], [ˈʃɑːli]
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Charlie

  1. The letter C in the ICAO spelling alphabet.

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Charlie (plural Charlies)

  1. A unisex given name
    1. A diminutive of the male given name Charles; also used as a formal given name.
      • 1979 Charles Kuralt, Dateline America, Harcourt Brace Jovanocich, →ISBN, 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 diminutive of the female given name Charlotte or Charlene, also used as a formal given name, although less common than the male name.
      • 2007 Sophie Hannah, Hurting Distance, Hodder & Stoughton, →ISBN, 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.'
  2. The letter C in the NATO phonetic alphabet.
  3. A name for a fox in fables and folk literature.

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  • Translingual: Charlie

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Charlie (usually uncountable, plural Charlies)

  1. (military slang) An enemy; the Vietcong; short for Victor Charlie.
  2. (uncountable, slang) Cocaine.
  3. (countable, chiefly Britain, 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, page 26,
      He looked a right Charlie in those tails and striped trousers.
  4. (slang, usually in the plural) A woman's breast
    • 1975, Harlan Ellison, No Doors, No Windows:
      [] being turned on by a woman who was also a person and had stuff going for herself, and knowing that even if my Wurlitzer rotted and fell off, even if her Charlies sagged and turned to empty baggies, we'd still be buddies and craft companions
    • 1986, John Hooker, Jacob's Season, page 115:
      'Hullo, Jacob.' She grins at him over her counter as he eyes her charlies sticking through her sweater.
  5. (dated) A nightwatchman.
  6. A short, pointed beard, like that of King Charles I.

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Cebuano[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From English Charlie, diminutive of Charles.

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Charlie

  1. a male given name from English
  2. the letter C in the NATO phonetic alphabet

Swedish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English Charlie. First recorded as a Swedish name in 1872.

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Charlie c (genitive Charlies)

  1. A male given name.