an interesting eccentric person
Oh, Tom, you're such a character.
1. What a person is really like. Their values, personality, and level of integrity
...when no one's looking.
2. One's moral compass.
"...judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character." --Martin luther king"
"Our employees are commited to treating you fairly, and are posessed of the highest character."
LACKEY: "The guy can't be bought. He's got character"
CRIME BOSS: "We'll have to wack him then."
The true you when no one is around.
Who you are when you around people means nothing, but it is character that determines your real person.
An alcoholic (euphemism). Used by local newspapers when reporting the death of winos. Usually a "character" is of no fixed abode, or at least of very limited means.
Respectable dead alcoholics, by contrast, are merely "convivial"; even if they are crazed ranters they would be "convivial and garrulous".
"Mr Brew was a popular local character, normally to be found by the war memorial in the high street".
an excuse that optimistic people or friends use in a last ditch effort to remain optimistic about something that can only be bad.
Optimist: "My dog shit on my rug and pissed on my wall but its okay because it adds character."
Optimistic: " My friend had his arm bitten off by a shark but its okay because having only one arm adds character."
1)In some contexts, the title imaginary friend
might be misleading. In these cases, the term 'character' is uses.
2)An alternative word for imaginary friend
, to be used in the presence of narrow minded and/or unimaginative people.
1) "Well, they're more than 'imaginary friends'. They're characters.
2) "Meep, can you send my characters back? "