a word used in communications to represent the letter C.
Military Slang. Charley.
a male given name, form of Charles.
a female given name.
(Brit, informal) a silly person; fool
(Austral, old-fashioned, informal) a girl or woman
(communications) a code word for the letter c
(US & Austral, military, slang) a member of the Vietcong or the Vietcong collectively: Charlie hit us with rockets
masc. proper name, familiar form of Charles (also see -y (3)); 1965 in Vietnam War U.S. military slang for “Vietcong, Vietcong soldier,” probably suggested by Victor Charlie, military communication code for V.C. (as abbreviation of Viet Cong), perhaps strengthened by World War II slang use of Charlie for Japanese soldiers, which itself is probably an extension of the 1930s derogatory application of Charlie to any Asian man, from fictional Chinese detective Charlie Chan.
Other applications include “a night watchman” (1812); “a goatee beard” (1834, from portraits of King Charles I and his contemporaries); “a fox” (1857); “a woman’s breasts” (1874); “an infantryman’s pack” (World War I); and “a white man” (Mr. Charlie), 1960, American English, from black slang.
Army C-rations, packages of tinned and dried food
[1970s+ Army; fr Charlie, the letter C in the military phonetic alphabet formerly used for voice communication]
The Vietcong or a Vietcong soldier
[Vietnam War armed forces; fr Victor Charlie, military voice alphabet designation for VC]
- Charlier shoe
noun a special light type of horseshoe that does not have a toe clip; it is applied by a farrier before a horse is turned out
Jean [jeen;; French zhahn] /dʒin;; French ʒɑ̃/ (Show IPA), 1898–1979, U.S. painter, lithographer, and illustrator; born in France and active in Mexico.
Charley (Charlie Patton) 1881–1934, U.S. blues guitarist and singer. George Smith, 1885–1945, U.S. general. noun George Smith. 1885–1945, US general, who successfully developed tank warfare as an extension of cavalry tactics in World War II: captured Palermo, Sicily (1942) and much of France (1944)
a residential neighborhood in Berlin, Germany: 17th century palace. noun a district of Berlin (of West Berlin until 1990), formerly an independent city. Pop: 315 473 (2005 est)