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

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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

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“Good-time Charlie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2020.

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