Definitions

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  • n. An epithet used in mild teasing for a silly person, or one who has just done something of an foolish nature.

Etymologies

Nickname of Prince William Frederick (1776-1834), Duke of Gloucester; also of William IV of the UK (1765-1837) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The next scene showed Silly Billy ringing the front bell and apparently surprising the Shafer children at the door.

    Pop Goes The Weasel

  • Some Elizabethan house with its scrap of earlier fourteenth-century building, and its later degradations of Queen Anne and Silly Billy {A} and Victoria, marring but not destroying it, in an old village once a clearing amid the sandy woodlands of Sussex.

    A Dream of John Ball and a King's Lesson

  • Some Elizabethan house with its scrap of earlier fourteenth-century building, and its later degradations of Queen Anne and Silly Billy and Victoria, marring but not destroying it, in an old village once a clearing amid the sandy woodlands of Sussex.

    A Dream of John Ball; and, a king's lesson

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