- Also called billy club. a police officer's club or baton.
- a heavy wooden stick used as a weapon; cudgel.
- Scot. Dialect. comrade.
- Also called bil·ly·can [bil-ee-kan] /ˈbɪl iˌkæn/. Australian. any container in which water may be carried and boiled over a campfire, ranging from a makeshift tin can to a special earthenware kettle; any pot or kettle in which tea is boiled over a campfire.
- Textiles. (in Great Britain) a roving machine.
Origin of billy
- a male given name, form of William.
- Also Bil·lye. a female given name.
- Katharine Meyer,1917–2001, U.S. newspaper publisher.
- Martha,1894–1991, U.S. dancer and choreographer.
- Thomas,1805–69, Scottish chemist.
- William FranklinBilly, born 1918, U.S. evangelist.
- a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “gray home.”
- WilliamBilly, 1915–67, U.S. jazz pianist and composer: collaborator with Duke Ellington.
- Elizabeth,1911–79, U.S. poet.
- HazelGladys, 1906–1998, U.S. chemist and businesswoman.
- John Peale,1892–1944, U.S. poet and essayist.
- Morris (Gilbert),1893–1973, U.S. humorist, poet, and biographer.
- William AveryBilly, 1894–1956, Canadian aviator: helped to establish Canadian air force.
- George WilliamJohann Gottlob Wilhelm BitzerBilly, 1872–1944, U.S. cinematographer.
Examples from the Web for billy
How fitting that Joe Cocker would get a little help from his friend Billy Joel.The Greatest Rock Voice of All Time Belonged to Joe Cocker
December 23, 2014
On piano was legendary session man Billy Preston, who co-wrote and recorded the original version one year before Cocker's.Joe Cocker's Deep Live Cuts
December 22, 2014
But Billy Childs absolutely delivers the goods in this poignant collection of Laura Nyro songs.The Best Albums of 2014
December 13, 2014
Singers Nancy Wilson and Billy Eckstine attended, and actor and activist Ossie Davis delivered a well-received speech.When Bill Cosby N-Bombed the Congressional Black Caucus
December 2, 2014
“There are various iterations of my life out there,” says Billy Hayes, digging into his Eggs Benedict at a Manhattan diner.The Unbelievable (True) Story of the World’s Most Infamous Hash Smuggler
November 14, 2014
"He said he was poor," urged Billy, who had been rather taken with the ease of Arledge's manner.
Billy, go up to the address he gives you, and get some of these se-gars.
To Billy Brue was allotted the easiest as being the most probable route.
It was thus Billy Brue found him at the end of his second day's search.
"That's right," said Billy Brue, with the quick sympathy of the experienced.
- US and Canadian a wooden club esp a police officer's truncheon
- a metal can or pot for boiling water, etc, over a campfire
- Australian and NZ (as modifier)billy-tea
- Australian and NZ informal to make tea
- (in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Greek Orthodox Churches) a clergyman having spiritual and administrative powers over a diocese or province of the ChurchSee also suffragan Related adjective: episcopal
- (in some Protestant Churches) a spiritual overseer of a local church or a number of churches
- a chesspiece, capable of moving diagonally over any number of unoccupied squares of the same colour
- mulled wine, usually port, spiced with oranges, cloves, etc
- Elizabeth . 1911–79, US poet, who lived in Brazil. Her poetry reflects her travelling experience, esp in the tropics
- (modifier) mainly US and Canadian made of graham flourgraham crackers
- Martha. 1893–1991, US dancer and choreographer
- Thomas. 1805–69, British physicist: proposed Graham's law (1831) of gaseous diffusion and coined the terms osmosis, crystalloids, and colloids
- William Franklin, known as Billy Graham. born 1918, US evangelist
- Billy, full name William Strayhorn. 1915–67, US jazz composer and pianist, noted esp for his association (1939–67) with Duke Ellington
Word Origin and History for billy
"club," 1848, American English, originally burglars' slang for "crowbar;" meaning "policeman's club" first recorded 1856, probably from nickname of William, applied to various objects (cf. jack, jimmy, jenny).
Old English bisceop "bishop, high priest (Jewish or pagan)," from Late Latin episcopus, from Greek episkopos "watcher, overseer," a title for various government officials, later taken over in a Church sense, from epi- "over" (see epi-) + skopos "watcher," from skeptesthai "look at" (see scope (n.1)). Given a specific sense in the Church, but the word also was used in the New Testament as a descriptive title for elders, and continues as such in some non-hierarchical Christian sects.
A curious example of word-change, as effected by the genius of different tongues, is furnished by the English bishop and the French évêque. Both are from the same root, furnishing, perhaps the only example of two words from a common stem so modifying themselves in historical times as not to have a letter in common. (Of course many words from a far off Aryan stem are in the same condition.) The English strikes off the initial and terminal syllables, leaving only piscop, which the Saxon preference for the softer labial and hissing sounds modified into bishop. Évêque (formerly evesque) merely softens the p into v and drops the last syllable. [William S. Walsh, "Handy-Book of Literary Curiosities," Philadelphia, J.B. Lippincott, 1892]
Late Latin episcopus in Spanish became obispo. Cognate with Old Saxon biscop, Old High German biscof. The chess piece (formerly archer, before that alfin) was so called from 1560s.
in reference to crackers, etc., from unsifted whole-wheat flour, 1834, American English, from Sylvester Graham (1794-1851), U.S. dietetic reformer and temperance advocate. The family name is attested from early 12c., an Anglo-French form of the place name Grantham (Lincolnshire).
- American microbiologist. He shared a 1989 Nobel Prize for discovering a sequence of genes that can cause cancer when mutated.
- American molecular biologist who, working with Harold Varmus, discovered oncogenes. For this work, Bishop and Varmus shared the 1989 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.