Entry from British & World English dictionary
noun (plural billies)
- 1 short for billy goat.More example sentences
- More mild mannered than full-sized goats, these little billies and nannies have become the latest must-have pets for Christmas.
- 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.
- 2 (also billy club) North American A truncheon; a cudgel.More example sentences
- The Gangs of New York ‘sports set’ featuring a billy club, a shiv and a board with a nail driven through it.
- 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.
- 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.
mid 19th century: from Billy, nickname for the given name William.