bill

1
[ bil ]
/ bɪl /

noun

verb (used with object)

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Idioms for bill

    fill the bill, to fulfill the purpose or need well: As a sprightly situation comedy this show fills the bill.

Origin of bill

1
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English bille, from Anglo-French, from Anglo-Latin billa for Late Latin bulla “seal”; see bull2

OTHER WORDS FROM bill

biller, noun

Definition for bill (2 of 5)

bill2
[ bil ]
/ bɪl /

noun

the parts of a bird's jaws that are covered with a horny or leathery sheath; beak.
the visor of a cap or other head covering.
a beaklike promontory or headland.

verb (used without object)

to join bills or beaks, as doves.

Origin of bill

2
First recorded before 1000; Middle English bile, bille, Old English bile “beak, trunk”; akin to bill3

Definition for bill (3 of 5)

bill3
[ bil ]
/ bɪl /

noun

a medieval shafted weapon having at its head a hooklike cutting blade with a beak at the back.
Also called billman. a person armed with a bill.
Also called billhook. a sharp, hooked instrument used for pruning, cutting, etc.
Also called pea. Nautical. the extremity of a fluke of an anchor.

Origin of bill

3
First recorded before 1000; Middle English bil, Old English bill “sword”; cognate with Old High German bil “pickax”

Definition for bill (4 of 5)

bill4
[ bil ]
/ bɪl /

noun British Dialect.

the cry of the bittern.

Origin of bill

4
First recorded in 1780–90; akin to bell2, bellow

Definition for bill (5 of 5)

Bill
[ bil ]
/ bɪl /

noun

a male given name, form of William.
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British Dictionary definitions for bill (1 of 4)

bill1
/ (bɪl) /

noun

verb (tr)

Word Origin for bill

C14: from Anglo-Latin billa, alteration of Late Latin bulla document, bull ³

British Dictionary definitions for bill (2 of 4)

bill2
/ (bɪl) /

noun

the mouthpart of a bird, consisting of projecting jaws covered with a horny sheath; beak. It varies in shape and size according to the type of food eaten and may also be used as a weapon
any beaklike mouthpart in other animals
a narrow promontoryPortland Bill
nautical the pointed tip of the fluke of an anchor

verb (intr)

(of birds, esp doves) to touch bills together
(of lovers) to kiss and whisper amorously

Word Origin for bill

Old English bile; related to bill bill ³

British Dictionary definitions for bill (3 of 4)

bill3
/ (bɪl) /

noun

a pike or halberd with a narrow hooked blade
short for billhook

Word Origin for bill

Old English bill sword, related to Old Norse bīldr instrument used in blood-letting, Old High German bil pickaxe

British Dictionary definitions for bill (4 of 4)

bill4
/ (bɪl) /

noun

ornithol another word for boom 1 (def. 4)

Word Origin for bill

C18: from dialect beel bell ² (vb)
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Idioms and Phrases with bill

bill

see clean bill of health; fill the bill; foot the bill; sell a bill of goods.

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