silly billy

  1. a clownish person.

Origin of silly billy

First recorded in 1840–50

Words Nearby silly billy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use silly billy in a sentence

  • For the moment silly billy expected to find himself on the floor, but not an eyelash quivered.

    Scarlet and Hyssop | E. F. Benson
  • silly billy smelt that faulty grindstone; and I can't smell a rat a yard from my nose, it seems.

  • "This is the photograph of her which you smashed up after the silly billy scandal," she said.

    Scarlet and Hyssop | E. F. Benson
  • Raikes says of him: "He was not a man of talent, as may be inferred from his nickname of silly billy."