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[bil-ee-kok] /ˈbɪl iˌkɒk/
noun, Chiefly British Informal.
a derby or a hat resembling it.
Also called billycock hat.
Origin of billycock
1715-25; alteration of bullycocked (hat); see bully1, cocked Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He rapidly unlocked the door and locked it again behind him, just balking a blundering charge from the young man in the billycock.

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

    Voces Populi F. Anstey
  • She took off the billycock hat and bent her head, just as she had done to Gerald Vincent.

    Margaret Vincent Sophia Lucy Clifford
  • Blobby takes off his billycock, thrusts the remnant of food therein, and puts it on.

  • The blow effectually spoilt the billycock, however, and stretched its owner insensible on the floor.

  • They may hide it away in their billycock or in the collar of their coat; but, depend upon it, the tail is there.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • I don't know what he looks like now in that greatcoat and billycock hat.

    Condemned as a Nihilist George Alfred Henty
  • Nasty, smooth-lookin' feller, with one o' them billycock hats you can't abide.

  • He dragged off the billycock hat which he had bought in town and scaled it far out into the turbid flood.

  • I think it a pity that the returned students should insist on wearing ugly tweed suits and billycock hats.

    East of Suez William Somerset Maugham
British Dictionary definitions for billycock


(rare, mainly Brit) any of several round-crowned brimmed hats of felt, such as the bowler
Word Origin
C19: named after William Coke, Englishman for whom it was first made
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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