Definition of charlie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃɑːli/

noun (plural charlies)

1British informal A fool: what a bunch of charlies
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  • Who gives a damn what these intelligence charlies want, and what business is it of theirs to be telling Parliament what to do?
  • This might be the perfect moment to visit London, as it will be empty of chin-free society charlies.
  • But what should be of concern is the following: these guys, the tail-end charlies, were picked off or crashed and no one noticed.
2 (charlies) British informal A woman’s breasts.
Example sentences
  • What better way of getting a quick fix of cash and attention that whipping your charlies out and panting over another woman, also exposing her busters.
  • In the nineteenth century, charlies meant a woman's breasts, but the term has fallen from use in the late twentieth and is rarely met in literature.
3 [mass noun] informal Cocaine: they all took loads of charlie
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  • Hence you have a band who are clearly a bit un-nerved by the amount of freeloaders gossiping about their next load of charlie, and the whole thing spirals down from there.
  • The point of all the numbers - published by a team from the Institute for Pharmacological Research in Milan - is that consumption of charlie in the region is much higher than previously thought.
  • I'll be knackered by teatime. I'll need a drink and a nice line or two of charlie.
4A code word representing the letter C, used in radio communication.
Example sentences
  • In addition to not having flown in the west for quite a while, being assigned the plane at night complicated things even more: The charlie model is slightly different than the bravo model I flew as an instructor.
5US & Australian /NZ military slang A member of the Vietcong or the Vietcong collectively.
Shortening of Victor Charlie, radio code for VC, representing Vietcong
Example sentences
  • When it comes to standing up to Victor Charlie, there is no color difference among U.S. troops.
  • The Viet Cong aka Charlie will be eating in our "mess hall".


Late 19th century: diminutive of the male given name Charles.

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