Words nearby Billie
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What does billie mean?
Where does billie come from?
The name Billie is a feminine form of Billy, a nickname of William (from Germanic roots literally meaning “will helmet”). As a given name for women, it peaked in popularity in the 1930s.
There are quite a few famous Billies: Billie Jean King, legendary tennis player; Billie Joe Armstrong, lead singer of the punk band Green Day; and Billie Eilish, an American indie singer-songwriter. That’s not to mention possibly the most famous Billie of them all, though her birth name was actually Elenora Fagan—jazz singer Billie Holiday, who chose her stage name from an actress she loved, Billie Dove.
The term billy (also spelled billie) to refer to a policeman’s nightstick dates to 1842. While it was coined in America, billies (or billy clubs), spread to the U.K. In the late 1960s and 1970s, billy was used as shorthand for a cop in the U.S.—because they were known for carrying them. Why billy? It’s probably based on the name Billy, as very common given names can lend themselves to various doodads (cf. Jack).
In 19th century Scottish English, a billie referred to a good friend or companion. Originally, the term referred to “a brother in blood or craft,” as the Dictionary of the Scots Language defines it. It’s likely based on Billie as a common nickname for William, itself a common name. While the first uses of billie were between men, it can be used in the U.K. today to refer to a really good friend, particularly a female. This change is probably accounted for by the fact that Billie is a female given name.
In American slang, billies, a riff on (dollar) bills has been used as slang for “cash” since the 1980s.
Doing Valet at the strip , stay with hundreds of ones always 🙄 I just blow the ones and save the big billies lol pic.twitter.com/dxgPFnN1kK
— Jay (@YunggDetailerr) June 13, 2016
Billies is also associated with drug use. By 1959, Billie Hoke was used as rhyming slang for cocaine, though this slang has dropped out. In mid-2000s Australian slang, billie referred to a marijuana pipe, perhaps based on the Australian surf company Billabong or billy, a term for a kettle Down Under.
How is billie used in real life?
Billie can either be a given name or a nickname for William. Calling a cop a billy is rare today, though they still carry billy clubs.
Using billie to refer to a “mate” or “lad” may be found occasionally still in Scotland and elsewhere in the U.K., but it isn’t widespread.
Using billies to refer to “cash” is still somewhat in use in the U.S., particularly in hip-hop, like the appropriately named 2001 track “Got Dough” by Five Deez, where he raps about “big billies.”
The term Billie Hoke, in reference to cocaine, has largely been dropped in modern usage while the Australian billy for “bong” is still getting high, shall we say.
Great to drop in with @CotswoldKidMeat this morning. Super business making most of billies from dairy goat farms. All built on trusted relationships, years of learning the mischievous nature of goats, quality food & bucket load of passion… pic.twitter.com/aoCFzZ4wIy
— NFU Gloucestershire (@NFU_GlOS) December 13, 2018
These silly billies pic.twitter.com/RlUbNcSFmx
— Xena ✨𝕭𝖑𝖚𝖊 𝕭𝖚𝖗𝖓𝖎𝖘𝖍 𝕬𝖑𝖈𝖍𝖊𝖒𝖎𝖘𝖙✨ (@xenadd) December 9, 2018
More clip arts of The Hillbillies and the Farmer, Roscoe, Wilbur, Sheldon and Bessie. pic.twitter.com/RHxoNbUF01
— Joseph Lusker (@JosephLusker) December 15, 2018
More examples of billie:
“Billie Eilish’s latest single, “When The Party’s Over,” was written by her brother Finneas O’Connell.”
—Ashley King, Digital Music News, November 2018
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How to use Billie in a sentence
In the 2019 documentary “Billie,” the late bassist Charles Mingus tells interviewer Linda Kuehl that Holiday “was fighting inequality before Martin Luther King.”Tragedy was part of Billie Holiday’s life. It doesn’t have to define it.|Bethonie Butler|February 26, 2021|Washington Post
A spokeswoman for Billie did not respond to a request for comment.
In its press release, the FTC pointed to the fact that the proposed acquisition “halted Billie’s anticipated expansion into brick-and-mortar retail stores,” as one of the reasons why they believed it would hurt consumers.
Women are leading global economic organizations, the FTC blocks P&G’s Billie acquisition, and Harvey Weinstein’s walls come tumbling down.The ‘triumph’ of dismantling Harvey Weinstein’s old company office|Claire Zillman, reporter|December 9, 2020|Fortune
“We knew after that round of inspections that we had work to do, and we did it,” Billie, the facility’s vice president of operations, said in a statement.As pandemic raged and thousands died, government regulators cleared most nursing homes of infection-control violations|Debbie Cenziper, Joel Jacobs, Shawn Mulcahy|October 29, 2020|Washington Post
I just did one [Geezer] with Billie Joe Armstrong from Green Day.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness|Marlow Stern|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
With the help of Billie Jean King, he is now enrolled at California State University in Los Angeles, where he lives.‘To Russia With Love’: Can Johnny Weir Save Russia’s Gays?|Kevin Fallon|October 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I said, “Billie Jean” and “Beat It,” and he said, “OK, that goes on next week.”Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber|Marlow Stern|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Perhaps Billie Holiday survives if it wasn't for Jimmy Monroe.
It was a strange feeling, watching Billie Holiday, as black women revealed their pain.
And Billie turned in the saddle to take a last look over the trail where the woman of the emerald eyes had passed in the night.
Kit turned a silencing frown on the philosopher of the skillet, but Billie went toward the guest with outstretching hands.
Billie, who was giving a short ration of water to the burro, called across to ask what Kit was laughing at in that hilarious way.
Jocasta followed Billie with her eyes, though she had not understood the English words between them.
Billie, much bewildered, turned to Kit as for help, but the slender hand of Doña Jocasta reached out pointing to the headlines.