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Billie

[bil-ee]
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noun
  1. a male given name, form of William.
  2. a female given name.
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billy

[bil-ee]
noun, plural bil·lies.
  1. Also called billy club. a police officer's club or baton.
  2. a heavy wooden stick used as a weapon; cudgel.
  3. Scot. Dialect. comrade.
  4. 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.
  5. Textiles. (in Great Britain) a roving machine.
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Origin of billy

perhaps all independently derived generic uses of Billy (male name); for Australian sense compare Scots dialect billy-pot cooking pot
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Related Words for billies

wand, cudgel, rod, mace, truncheon, nightstick, business, staff, club, blackjack, billy, sap, works, bludgeon, baton, hammer, quarterstaff, hickory, mallet, shillelagh

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Historical Examples of 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.

  • 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.

  • Billies lower jaw fell, and he turned to stare at the speaker.


British Dictionary definitions for billies

billy

1
noun plural -lies
  1. US and Canadian a wooden club esp a police officer's truncheon
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Word Origin for billy

C19: special use of the name Billy, pet form of William

billy

2

billycan (ˈbɪlɪˌkæn)

noun plural -lies or -lycans
  1. a metal can or pot for boiling water, etc, over a campfire
  2. Australian and NZ (as modifier)billy-tea
  3. Australian and NZ informal to make tea
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Word Origin for billy

C19: from Scot billypot cooking vessel
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for billies

billy

n.

"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).

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