Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A billy club.
  • n. Australian A metal pot or kettle used in camp cooking.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A billy club.
  • n. A billy goat.
  • n. A good friend.
  • n. A tin used by bushmen to boil tea, a billypot.
  • n. A billycan.
  • n. A condom (From the E-Rotic song "Willy, Use A Billy...Boy")
  • n. A slubbing or roving machine.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A club; esp., a policeman's club. Also called billy club
  • n. A slubbing or roving machine.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A comrade; a companion; a brother in arms, trade, and the like; a fellow; a young man.
  • n. Stolen metal of any kind.
  • n. A small metal bludgeon that may be carried in the pocket; hence, a policeman's club.
  • n. A slubbing-machine. See slubber.
  • n. A tin can or pail with an arched handle and a detachable lid, used by bushmen in Australia as a kettle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a short stout club used primarily by policemen
  • n. male goat

Etymologies

Probably short for billypot, from Billy, nickname for William.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • We were told earlier today that firefighters are cutting what they call billy goat lines.

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  • April 30th, 2008 11: 51 am ET hill billy is a lier and a thief. stop her before she steals all your money. vote sensibly. vote Obama 08, 12

    Obama campaign files FEC complaint against pro-Clinton group

  • Course in billy's case, he probably ENJOYS exposin 'himself!!

    Sunday blues

  • They'd left me the plum-duff, which was hanging in its billy from a bough.

    A Little Bush Maid

  • Don't walk on the cracks in the road Oh that is me being a silly billy (Can I call billy silly? or will that offend?)

    Army Rumour Service

  • Called billy bob thornton, who could no longer hide behind One Who Knows from Canada writes: s. truszkowski from toronto, Canada writes: billy wants some space from his acting career as he expresses his musical aspirations so it is a fine and good thing his band is often referred to as billy bob thorton and the boxmasters. that the upcoming album from the boxmasters is called 'modbilly' is also some sort of cosmic coincidence and has nothing to do with using fame garnered in hollywood to push a marketing agenda in the music world. further, that an opening band for willie nelson, and not willie himself, would be subject to a relatively high profile interview suggests questionable judgement by the cbc on the basis of something deeper than mediocre music.

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  • It seemed to me that if I could make him angry he would do better, so I knocked off his hat, which was black and hard, of the kind which is called billy-cock.

    Danger! and Other Stories

  • I should, perhaps, explain to English readers that a billy is a tin can, the name for which

    Erewhon Revisited

  • He was charged with one count of possessing a deadly weapon, described as a billy club, and two counts of possessing assault weapons.

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  • Swag is an Australian term for a bedroll, and a billy is a pot or can with a wire handle used to boil water or cook food in.

    Backpacking Light Magazine

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  • "Billy Peddle" by Great Big Sea; "Billy's Bones" by the Pogues

    February 9, 2008

  • Australia and New Zealand. A cylindrical container, usually of tin or enamel ware, with a close-fitting lid and a wire handle, used for making tea and for cooking over fires in the open, and for carrying food or liquid. (OED online)

    Once a jolly swagman camped by a billabong
    Under the shade of a coolibah tree
    And he sang as he watched and waited till his billy boiled,
    "Who'll come a-waltzing matilda with me?"
    --A.B. Paterson, "Waltzing Matilda"

    February 7, 2007