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Meaning : A Boy, Man or Guy
Word use : Ma chali wengine ni mafala sana = Some guys are quite stupid.
Word period: Late 50's
Word related to: Gender,
Word synonyms: MseeBoyMboisMzitoBuda
Spelling variation: Charlie, Charli
Meaning clarification: Depending on the context, the word can also mean a Boyfriend


Word Origin : Unknown
Histo ya word.
Adopted from the colloquial English name "Charlie" which means an unknown person, like the American "John Doe". This became a common word after the early British movies made way into the Kenyan scene back in the 50s & 60s.

Chali - (Noun) - [ chah-lee ]


Meaning : Boyfriend
Word use : Adhis ako na chali mzae = Adhiambo has an old boyfriend
Word period: Early 70's
Word related to: Relationships
Word synonyms: Mzae

Word Origin : Unknown
Histo ya word.
Adopted from the "Chali yangu" phrase where it basically means "My guy"

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