billed

[ bild ]
/ bɪld /

adjective

having a bill or beak, especially one of a specified kind, shape, color, etc. (usually used in combination): a yellow-billed magpie.

Origin of billed

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at bill2, -ed3

Related forms

un·billed, adjective

Can be confused

billed build

Definition for billed (2 of 3)

bill

1
[ bil ]
/ bɪl /

noun

verb (used with object)

Origin of bill

1
1300–50; Middle English bille < Anglo-French < Anglo-Latin billa for Late Latin bulla bull2

Related forms

bill·er, noun

Definition for billed (3 of 3)

bill

2
[ 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
before 1000; Middle English bile, bille, Old English bile beak, trunk; akin to bill3
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British Dictionary definitions for billed (1 of 4)

bill

1
/ (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 billed (2 of 4)

bill

2
/ (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 billed (3 of 4)

bill

3
/ (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 billed (4 of 4)

bill

4
/ (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 billed

bill


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

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