good–time Charlie

noun good–time Char·lie
variants: less commonly

good–time Charley

Definition of good–time Charlie

  1. :  a carefree and convivial person given to frequent pursuit of fun and amusement just a good-time Charlie, borrowing two bucks here and five bucks there — Walter Karig I couldn't be a good-time Charlie … when I was a kid I was taught not to talk or joke or laugh at the table — A. J. Liebling

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Origin and Etymology of good–time charlie

from the name Charlie, Charley, diminutive of Charles

First Known Use: 1925

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a brief usually trivial fact

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