Definition of billy in English:



  • 1

    short for billy goat
    • ‘‘Hahaha… he reminds me of the billies we used to have in our petting zoo,’ he smiled.’
    • ‘The goat articles were OK in getting one interested in goats, but you did gloss over how difficult it can be to rent or borrow a billy for breeding.’
    • ‘Some goats were as big as merino rams, with horns that forced even the toughest defenders to step back. ‘They were full-sized billies,’ Carson said.’
    • ‘It was a young billy, useless for milking, but pretty.’
    • ‘Some of the younger billies were locking horns in mock fights watched over by the full-bearded patriarch of the herd, a venerable old fellow like something out of the Book of Revelations.’
    • ‘It is tethered to a tree, a rangy, brindled, flop-eared, devil-eyed billy that could have been a regimental mascot.’
    • ‘A British Alpine billy, five British Alpine does and two Saanen does have just been safely delivered to their new home in Katima Mulilo.’
    • ‘More mild mannered than full-sized goats, these little billies and nannies have become the latest must-have pets for Christmas.’
  • 2North American A truncheon; a cudgel.

    • ‘The Gangs of New York ‘sports set’ featuring a billy club, a shiv and a board with a nail driven through it.’
    • ‘However, I saw a San Antonio police officer yesterday who had three sets of handcuffs, three loaded Glock magazines, one Glock pistol, radios, telephones, a billy club, sunglasses and heaven knows what he was carrying I couldn't see.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, police violence continues, with one woman striker hospitalized Tuesday for injuries suffered when she was struck by a billy club while picketing a contractor's office.’
    • ‘After being paid with an ounce of weed, Red went partying all night; but meanwhile at his house, a man who had robbed a drug dealer was beaten with a billy club, taken out into the desert and shot in the back of the head with a shotgun.’
    • ‘Ida tried to reach him to bind his wounds and was knocked down by a billy club by one of the police officers.’
    • ‘In one on-air illustration, she cited a CNN newscaster's emotional description of a female colleague being hit in the ribs with a billy club.’
    • ‘In the wake of James Meredith's plan to integrate the University of Mississippi, and the expectation of ensuing violence, one was brandishing a billy club, while the others looked on seemingly anticipating putting it to use.’
    • ‘Just then a guard came down the hall, beating his billy club along the bars of the cells, and yelling for everyone to shut up.’
    • ‘Outside the courtroom, he summons his powers to gather evidence on behalf of his clients, occasionally ‘encouraging’ (a billy club helps) reluctant witnesses to testify.’
    • ‘And since our image is the most intimate part of our message that dissent exists and we are its faces they can disempower democratic assembly without swinging a single billy club.’
    • ‘I tilted my head in question, but an officer walked forward with a billy club and said roughly and a bit shakily, ‘Now, young man.’’
    • ‘It was de jure segregation; sanctioned by the law and backed by the billy club.’
    • ‘A lot of them had reputations for being inhabited mainly by prostitutes and drug dealers, although Hayes says he refused to permit that at the Atlantic Shores, enforcing his will with a billy club he kept behind the counter.’
    • ‘We mount and finish the last leg out, every small climb reminding me my muscles feel like they were beat with a billy club.’
    • ‘The first cop, the one she had hit, raised his long billy club and stopped time.’
    • ‘Someone really should have cut every scene of Affleck jogging in the red costume, pumping his arms with his billy club in one hand and looking for all the world like a deranged relay runner.’
    • ‘Another work of the same year, The Policeman, is a vertical box 14 inches tall that narrows from its open front to its open back, the sides and top perforated with ‘fingers,’ knobs and, seemingly, a billy club.’
    • ‘Somewhere down the line, one of the women gets hit in the head with a billy club, but overall they don't attack.’
    • ‘The truth is that there are governing bodies in charge of enforcing wine laws, but they don't wear tall blue hats and bat you on the head with a billy club for drinking the wrong wine.’
    • ‘The police have always had non-lethal force at their disposal, of course: the billy club.’
    club, bludgeon, stick, truncheon, baton, blackthorn, mace, bat
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Mid 19th century: from Billy, nickname for the given name William.