Meaning: A Boy, Man or Guy

Origin: Unknown


Use: Ma chali wengine ni mafala sana = Some guys are quite stupid. Adhis ako na chali mzae. = Adhiambo has an old boyfriend.

Period: Late 50's Early 70's

Synonyms: Msee Boy Mbois Mzito Buda Mzee

Pronounciation: (Noun) [ chah-lee ]

Relate: Gender Relationships

Variations: Charlie, Charli

History: 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.. Adopted from the "Chali yangu" phrase where it basically means "My guy".

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