good-time Charlie


good-time Char·​lie
variants or less commonly good-time Charley
: 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 thereWalter 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 tableA. J. Liebling

Word History


from the name Charlie, Charley, diminutive of Charles

First Known Use

1925, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Good-time Charlie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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