• "Billy allowed the letter to be taken."
    "Billy allowed the letter to be taken."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n billy male goat
    • n billy a short stout club used primarily by policemen
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Billy Bull advising with Captain Talbot Billy Bull advising with Captain Talbot
Phebe and Billy going to School Phebe and Billy going to School

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Actor John Travolta was offered the role of Billy Flynn many times for the movie "Chicago." Richard Gere ended up playing the role
    • Billy A club; esp., a policeman's club. Also called billy club
    • Billy (Wool Manuf) A slubbing or roving machine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Singer Billy Joel tried to commit suicide when he was 21 by drinking furniture polish
    • n billy A comrade; a companion; a brother in arms, trade, and the like; a fellow; a young man.
    • n billy Stolen metal of any kind.
    • n billy A small metal bludgeon that may be carried in the pocket; hence, a policeman's club.
    • n billy A slubbing-machine. See slubber.
    • n billy A tin can or pail with an arched handle and a detachable lid, used by bushmen in Australia as a kettle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Billie Jean by Michael Jackson was the first video to air on MTV by a black artist
    • n Billy bil′i a comrade, a companion-in-arms: an Australian bushman's boiling-pan or tea-pot
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. from Bill, a familiar abbrev. of William.


In literature:

I gave the head to Billy Boucher, the cook.
"Days Off" by Henry Van Dyke
After a long talk with our new friend, Billy apparently gave up the attempt to solve this mystery.
"Chatterbox, 1906" by Various
She was sitting in her favorite position on the grass beside Billy's lounge, with her elbows on her knees and her chin in her clasped hands.
"Teddy: Her Book" by Anna Chapin Ray
A sad story had poor old Billy.
"Cricket at the Seashore" by Elizabeth Westyn Timlow
While waiting for her guest to compose herself, Aunt Polly Woodchuck looked over her spectacles at Billy, who lingered near the door.
"The Tale of the The Muley Cow" by Arthur Scott Bailey
You must know something about this Billy Birch.
"Mike Marble" by Uncle Frank
He was hardly out of sight before Billy Woodchuck hurried to the old stump and crawled inside.
"The Tale of Billy Woodchuck" by Arthur Scott Bailey
While he worked, Billy ate berries and sighed for bread and butter.
"The Candy Country" by Louisa M. Alcott
Among them was a sad old salt, whom I shall call Hommy-Billy-mooar, Tommy, son of big Billy.
"The Little Manx Nation - 1891" by Hall Caine
When they managed to extricate themselves, Palmer Billy was the last to rise from the ground.
"Colonial Born" by G. Firth Scott

In poetry:

Soon we'll see old Tony smilin',
Hear his girls begin to sing,
Hear old Billy Dick beguilin'
Music from a fiddle-string!
"I've Been Dreamin'" by Bill Adams
Like other louts, he'll jog along,
And swig at shanty liquors,
And chew and spit. Here ends the song
Of Mr. Billy Vickers.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
"Her oxen may dye i' the house, billie,
And her kye into the byre;
And I sall hae nothing to mysell
Bot a fat fadge by the fyre."
"Lord Thomas And Fair Annet" by Andrew Lang
Luckless was the hour whan Willie
Hame returning frae the fair,
Ow'r-took Tam, a neebor billie,
Sax miles frae their hame and mair;
"Scotland's Scaith, Or, The History O' Will And Jean. Owre True A Tale. In Two Parts" by Hector MacNeill
THE night I left my father said:
"You'll go and do some stupid thing.
You've no more sense in that fat head
Than silly Billy Witterling.
"The Raining" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
“I met the Ben Hall gang,” he said,
“The blankards stuck me up!
They pinched me billy, pinched me swag,
And pinched me flamin’ pup!
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington

In news:

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Billy Joel is back with a brand new song for a very special cause.
Billy Sites and Anthony Ray Shifflett have known each other since they were kids.
Iron Maiden, Brent Grulke, Billy Joe Shaver (& Lester Bangs).
James Snyder, of Broadway's Cry-Baby stars as Billy Bigelow.
The first cobia of the season was caught off the Navarre Beach Pier March 18 by Billy Callahan.
Billie Holiday and Coleman Hawkins , New York 1957.
Bil Keane, a lifelong Catholic who chronicled the exploits of Billy, Dolly, Jeffy and P.J.
"Billy was always the overachiever".
Charlie Arglist (John Cusack) is a big-time attorney in a small-time town looking to make a break for it on Christmas Eve, so he and porn-makin' partner Vic (Billy Bob Thornton) steal two million dollars from a mob boss.
On October 1, 1982, the first commercial compact disc , Billy Joel's "52nd Street," was released in Japan.
NATIONAL NEWS (CNN) — On October 1, 1982, the first commercial compact disc , Billy Joel's "52nd Street," was released in Japan.
Photographs by ERIN MCCRACKEN / COURIER & PRESS Cub Scout , Kyle Blandford, 7, waits for Billie Dieg, left to count her money in exchange for some boy scout popcorn outside the Westside Wal-Mart on Sunday.
Billy Goforth 1 hour ago.

In science:

We, if not you, are reminded of the scene between Julie Jordan and Billie Bigelow in Carousel.
Astrophysics in 2006
Bigger’s baby (who is a little bigger, and resurfaced in the literature after 90 years of burial with Capt’n Billy’s Whizbang.) Not, admittedly, the astrophysical literature.
Astrophysics in 2006