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countable and uncountable; Charlies

Charlie (countable and uncountable; plural Charlies)

  1. A diminutive of the male name Charles; also used as a formal given name.
    • 1979 Charles Kuralt, Dateline America, Harcourt Brace Jovanocich, ISBN 0151239576, page 184:
      Heaven only knows why a man with a strong biblical name like James wants to be a president named Jimmy. I'm certain that if he were called Charles, he wouldn't fool around that way. Charles is not so bad, but Charlie is a terrible burden to bear.
  2. A diminutive of the female names of Charlotte or Charlene, also used as a formal given name, although less common than the male name.
  3. (uncountable) The letter C in the ICAO spelling alphabet.
  4. (slang) An enemy. In reference to the VietCong (Victor Charlie in NATO phonetic alphabet) and shortened to "charlie."
  5. (uncountable) (slang) Cocaine.
  6. (slang, British, Australian) (often qualified with right and/or proper) A fool.
    You look a right Charlie in that clown outfit!
    Is your name Charlie? ... Well, you look like one.

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