noun, plural billies.
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 billycan [bil-ee-kan] . 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.

perhaps all independently derived generic uses of Billy (male name); for Australian sense compare Scots dialect billy-pot cooking pot Unabridged


[bil-ee] .
a male given name, form of William.
Also, Billye. a female given name.


Elizabeth, 1911–79, U.S. poet.
Hazel (Gladys) 1906–1998, U.S. chemist and businesswoman.
John Peale, 1892–1944, U.S. poet and essayist.
Morris (Gilbert) 1893–1973, U.S. humorist, poet, and biographer.
William Avery ("Billy") 1894–1956, Canadian aviator: helped to establish Canadian air force.


George William (Johann Gottlob Wilhelm Bitzer"Billy") 1872–1944, U.S. cinematographer.


[grey-uhm, gram]
Katharine Meyer, 1917–2001, U.S. newspaper publisher.
Martha, 1894–1991, U.S. dancer and choreographer.
Thomas, 1805–69, Scottish chemist.
William Franklin ("Billy") born 1918, U.S. evangelist.
a male given name: from an Old English word meaning “gray home.”


William ("Billy") 1915–67, U.S. jazz pianist and composer: collaborator with Duke Ellington. Unabridged
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billy1 (ˈbɪlɪ)
n , pl -lies
(US), (Canadian) a wooden club esp a police officer's truncheon
[C19: special use of the name Billy, pet form of William]

billy or billycan2 (ˈbɪlɪ, ˈbɪlɪˌkæn)
n , pl -lies, -lycans
1.  a metal can or pot for boiling water, etc, over a campfire
2.  (Austral), (NZ) (as modifier): billy-tea
3.  informal (Austral), (NZ) to make tea
[C19: from Scot billypot cooking vessel]
billycan or billycan2
[C19: from Scot billypot cooking vessel]

bishop (ˈbɪʃəp)
1.  See also suffragan (in the Roman Catholic, Anglican, and Greek Orthodox Churches) a clergyman having spiritual and administrative powers over a diocese or province of the ChurchRelated: episcopal
2.  (in some Protestant Churches) a spiritual overseer of a local church or a number of churches
3.  a chesspiece, capable of moving diagonally over any number of unoccupied squares of the same colour
4.  mulled wine, usually port, spiced with oranges, cloves, etc
Related: episcopal
[Old English biscop, from Late Latin epīscopus, from Greek episkopos, from epi- + skopos watcher]

Bishop (ˈbɪʃəp)
Elizabeth. 1911--79, US poet, who lived in Brazil. Her poetry reflects her travelling experience, esp in the tropics

graham (ˈɡreɪəm)
chiefly (US), (Canadian) (modifier) made of graham flour: graham crackers
[C19: named after S. Graham (1794--1851), American dietetic reformer]

Graham (ˈɡreɪəm)
1.  Martha. 1893--1991, US dancer and choreographer
2.  Thomas. 1805--69, British physicist: proposed Graham's law (1831) of gaseous diffusion and coined the terms osmosis, crystalloids, and colloids
3.  William Franklin, known as Billy Graham. born 1918, US evangelist

Strayhorn (ˈstreɪˌhɔːn)
Billy, full name William Strayhorn. 1915--67, US jazz composer and pianist, noted esp for his association (1939--67) with Duke Ellington

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Word Origin & History

crackers, etc., from unsifted whole-wheat flour, 1834, Amer.Eng., from Sylvester Graham (1794-1851), U.S. dietetic reformer and temperance advocate. The family name is attested from 1127, an Anglo-Norm. form of the place name Grantham (Lincolnshire).

"club," 1848, Amer.Eng., originally burglars' slang for "crowbar;" meaning "policeman's club" first recorded 1856, probably from nickname of William, applied to various objects (cf. jack, jimmy, jenny).

O.E. bisceop, from L.L. episcopus, from Gk. episkopos "watcher, overseer," a title for various government officials, later taken over in a Church sense, from epi- "over" + skopos "watcher," from skeptesthai "look at" (see scope (1)). Given a specific sense in the Church, but
the word also was used in the N.T. as a descriptive title for elders, and continues as such in some non-hierarchical Christian sects. The chess piece (formerly archer, before that alfin) was so called from 1560s.
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Bishop Bish·op (bĭsh'əp), J. Michael. Born 1936.

American microbiologist. He shared a 1989 Nobel Prize for discovering a sequence of genes that can cause cancer when mutated.

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Bishop   (bĭsh'əp)  Pronunciation Key 
American molecular biologist who, working with Harold Varmus, discovered oncogenes. For this work, Bishop and Varmus shared the 1989 Nobel Prize for physiology or medicine.
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bishop definition

In some Christian churches, a person appointed to oversee a group of priests or ministers and their congregations. In the Anglican Communion, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Roman Catholic Church, bishops are considered the successors of the Twelve Apostles.

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Bishop definition

an overseer. In apostolic times, it is quite manifest that there was no difference as to order between bishops and elders or presbyters (Acts 20:17-28; 1 Pet. 5:1, 2; Phil. 1:1; 1 Tim. 3). The term bishop is never once used to denote a different office from that of elder or presbyter. These different names are simply titles of the same office, "bishop" designating the function, namely, that of oversight, and "presbyter" the dignity appertaining to the office. Christ is figuratively called "the bishop [episcopos] of souls" (1 Pet. 2:25).

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Example sentences for billy
Greendale was recorded with crazy horse members billy talbot and ralph molina.
Billy froggy laughlin, child actor of the our gang short films.
With billy numerous, but the group was defeated by kid flash.
Buffy actually, billy idol stole his look from never mind.
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