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noun Chiefly British Informal.
  1. a derby or a hat resembling it.
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Origin of billycock

1715–25; alteration of bullycocked (hat); see bully1, cock2, -ed2
Also called billycock hat.
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Examples from the Web for billycock

Historical Examples of billycock

  • I don't know what he looks like now in that greatcoat and billycock hat.

    Condemned as a Nihilist

    George Alfred Henty

  • The price of a glass, and billycock would have been there too.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds

  • Wear your billycock at the back of your head, as it will break your falls.

  • The Socialist (extending a billycock hat with a passionate gesture).

    Voces Populi

    F. Anstey

  • Blobby takes off his billycock, thrusts the remnant of food therein, and puts it on.

British Dictionary definitions for billycock


  1. rare, mainly British any of several round-crowned brimmed hats of felt, such as the bowler
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Word Origin for billycock

C19: named after William Coke, Englishman for whom it was first made
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