- a male given name, form of William.
- a female given name.
- 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
Examples from the Web for billies
They claim to be bigger men and bigger fools than the Eastern billies.The House with the Green Shutters
George Douglas Brown
One of them then drew a knife, and the other two, "billies" to attack him.Andersonville, Volume 2
He it was who found water, and filled the "billies," and led the horses to drink.In Quest of Gold
Alfred St. Johnston
We wanted to find a bunch of goats now, nannies and kids, as well as billies.American Big-Game Hunting
Billies lower jaw fell, and he turned to stare at the speaker.The Broncho Rider Boys Along the Border
- 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
Word Origin and History for billies
"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).