charlie

noun (1), often capitalized
char·​lie | \ ˈchär-lē How to pronounce charlie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly charley

Definition of charlie

 (Entry 1 of 3)

British
: fool

Charlie

communications code word
Char·​lie | \ ˈchär-lē How to pronounce Charlie (audio) \

Definition of Charlie (Entry 2 of 3)

used as a code word for the letter c

Charlie

noun (2)

Definition of Charlie (Entry 3 of 3)

used as a collective name for the Vietcong during the war in Vietnam

Synonyms for charlie

Synonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of charlie in a Sentence

Noun (1) he's a nice enough bloke, but a real charlie when choosing his girlfriends

First Known Use of charlie

Noun (1)

circa 1946, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1946, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1965, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for charlie

Noun (1)

from the name Charlie

Communications code word

from the name Charlie

Noun (2)

short for Victor Charlie, from the communications code words for VC (Vietcong)

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The first known use of charlie was circa 1946

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“Charlie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/charlie. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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