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[bil] /bɪl/
noun
1.
the parts of a bird's jaws that are covered with a horny or leathery sheath; beak.
2.
the visor of a cap or other head covering.
3.
a beaklike promontory or headland.
verb (used without object)
4.
to join bills or beaks, as doves.
Idioms
5.
bill and coo, to kiss or fondle and whisper endearments, as lovers:
My sister and her boyfriend were billing and cooing on the front porch.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English bile, bille, Old English bile beak, trunk; akin to bill3
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British Dictionary definitions for bill and coo

bill1

/bɪl/
noun
1.
money owed for goods or services supplied: an electricity bill
2.
a written or printed account or statement of money owed
3.
(mainly Brit) such an account for food and drink in a restaurant, hotel, etc Usual US and Canadian word check
4.
any printed or written list of items, events, etc, such as a theatre programme: who's on the bill tonight?
5.
(informal) fit the bill, fill the bill, to serve or perform adequately
6.
a statute in draft, before it becomes law
7.
a printed notice or advertisement; poster
8.
(US & Canadian) a piece of paper money; note
9.
an obsolete name for promissory note
10.
(law) See bill of indictment
12.
13.
(archaic) any document
verb (transitive)
14.
to send or present an account for payment to (a person)
15.
to enter (items, goods, etc) on an account or statement
16.
to advertise by posters
17.
to schedule as a future programme: the play is billed for next week
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-Latin billa, alteration of Late Latin bulla document, bull³

bill2

/bɪl/
noun
1.
the mouthpart of a bird, consisting of projecting jaws covered with a horny sheath; beak. It varies in shape and size according to the type of food eaten and may also be used as a weapon
2.
any beaklike mouthpart in other animals
3.
a narrow promontory: Portland Bill
4.
(nautical) the pointed tip of the fluke of an anchor
verb (intransitive)
5.
(of birds, esp doves) to touch bills together
6.
(of lovers) to kiss and whisper amorously
Word Origin
Old English bile; related to billbill³

bill3

/bɪl/
noun
1.
a pike or halberd with a narrow hooked blade
2.
short for billhook
Word Origin
Old English bill sword, related to Old Norse bīldr instrument used in blood-letting, Old High German bil pickaxe

bill4

/bɪl/
noun
1.
(ornithol) another word for boom1 (sense 4)
Word Origin
C18: from dialect beelbell² (vb)
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Word Origin and History for bill and coo

bill

n.

"written statement," mid-14c., from Anglo-French bille, Anglo-Latin billa "list," from Medieval Latin bulla "decree, seal, sealed document," in classical Latin "bubble, boss, stud, amulet for the neck" (hence "seal;" see bull (n.2)). Sense of "account, invoice" first recorded c.1400; that of "order to pay" (technically bill of exchange) is from 1570s; that of "paper money" is from 1660s. Meaning "draft of an act of Parliament" is from 1510s.

"bird's beak," Old English bill "bill, bird's beak," related to bill, a poetic word for a kind of sword (especially one with a hooked blade), from a common Germanic word for cutting or chopping weapons (cf. Old High German bihal, Old Norse bilda "hatchet," Old Saxon bil "sword"), from PIE root *bheie- "to cut, to strike" (cf. Armenian bir "cudgel," Greek phitos "block of wood," Old Church Slavonic biti "to strike," Old Irish biail "ax"). Used also in Middle English of beak-like projections of land (e.g. Portland Bill).

ancient weapon, Old English bill "sword (especially one with a hooked blade), chopping tool," common Germanic (cf. Old Saxon bil "sword," Middle Dutch bile, Dutch bijl, Old High German bihal, German Beil, Old Norse bilda "hatchet." See bill (n.2).

v.

"to send someone a bill of charge," 1864, from bill (n.1). Related: Billed; billing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bill and coo

bill and coo

verb phrase

To kiss and cuddle like lovebirds: bill and coo in the corner


bill

noun
  1. A single dollar: Can I borrow a couple of bills until tomorrow? (1910+)
  2. A hundred dollars: I laid out four bills for that shearling (1920s+)
  3. A hundred yards of gain in football: Coach Jackson told me I needed two bills to win (1990s+ Football)
Related Terms

half bill, phony as a three-dollar bill


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