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  • IPA(key): [ˈtʃɑːli], [ˈʃɑːli]



  1. The letter C in the ICAO spelling alphabet.


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Charlie ‎(countable and uncountable, plural Charlies)

  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 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 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 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.


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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.
    Is your name Charlie? ... Well, you look like one.
    • 2009, Ruth Rendell, The Best Man To Die, page 26,
      He looked a right Charlie in those tails and striped trousers.
  4. (dated) A nightwatchman.
  5. A short, pointed beard, like that of King Charles I.




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

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  1. A male given name.