from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A familiar nickname or substitute for Charles.
  • noun A night watchman; -- an old name.
  • noun A short, pointed beard, like that worn by Charles I.
  • noun As a proper name, a fox; -- so called in fables and familiar literature.


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  • "Bonnie Charlie" by the Clancy Brothers, Dramtreeo, and others.

    "Concerning Charlie Horse," a 1950s song remade recently by Great Big Sea.

    And one of my favorite fife tunes, "Over the Water to Charlie."

    February 9, 2008

  • Charlie Brown by the Coasters

    February 9, 2008