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

Definition of charlie 

(Entry 1 of 3)


: fool


communications code word
Char·​lie | \ˈchär-lē \

Definition of Charlie (Entry 2 of 3)

used as a code word for the letter c


noun (2)

Definition of Charlie (Entry 3 of 3)

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

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Synonyms for charlie

Synonyms: Noun (1)

berk [British], booby, cuckoo, ding-a-ling, ding-dong, dingbat, dipstick, doofus [slang], featherhead, fool, git [British], goose, half-wit, jackass, lunatic, mooncalf, nincompoop, ninny, ninnyhammer, nit [chiefly British], nitwit, nut, nutcase, simp, simpleton, turkey, yo-yo

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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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thanks @kanyewest for being so open------ — Blackolitics (@blackolitics) May 1, 2018 charlie mane has his clever moments. so does kanye! Carl Lamarre, Billboard, "Twitter Reacts to Kanye West's Extensive Interview With Charlamagne Tha God: See the Tweets," 1 May 2018 Twitter Facebook − + charlie hustle • 13 days ago What, no kiss hello? see more 0 • Randy Mcmullen, The Mercury News, "Video: Jerry Seinfeld awkwardly rebuffs Kesha’s hug," 7 June 2017

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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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