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noun (1)

bil·​ly ˈbi-lē How to pronounce billy (audio)
plural billies
chiefly Australia and New Zealand
: a metal or enamelware pail or pot with a lid and wire bail

called also billycan


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noun (2)

plural billies

Examples of billy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
While the law doesn’t explicitly define a billy, courts have determined it to be any kind of stick, bat or baton that is intended to be used as a weapon. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2021

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Word History


Noun (1)

Scots billy-pot cooking utensil

Noun (2)

probably from the name Billy

First Known Use

Noun (1)

1839, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of billy was in 1839

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“Billy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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plural billies

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