[ bil-ee ]
/ ˈbɪl i /

noun, plural bil·lies.

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

perhaps all independently derived generic uses of Billy (male name); for Australian sense compare Scots dialect billy-pot cooking pot Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for billycan (1 of 2)

/ (ˈbɪlɪ) /

noun plural -lies

US and Canadian a wooden club esp a police officer's truncheon

Word Origin for billy

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

British Dictionary definitions for billycan (2 of 2)


billycan (ˈbɪlɪˌkæn)

/ (ˈbɪlɪ) /

noun plural -lies or -lycans

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 for billy

C19: from Scot billypot cooking vessel
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