good-time Charlie

good-time Char·​lie
variants: or less commonly good-time Charley \ ¦⸗ˌ⸗ˈchär|lē , -​ˈchȧ| , |li \

Definition of good-time Charlie

: 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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of good-time Charlie

1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for good-time Charlie

from the name Charlie, Charley, diminutive of Charles

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About good-time Charlie

Time Traveler for good-time Charlie

Time Traveler

The first known use of good-time Charlie was in 1925

See more words from the same year

Statistics for good-time Charlie

Cite this Entry

“Good-time Charlie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!