Billycock
Billycock Bil"ly*cock, n., or Billycock hat Bil"ly*cock hat` [Perh. from bully + cock; that is, cocked like the hats of the bullies.] A round, low-crowned felt hat; a wideawake. ``The undignified billycocks and pantaloons of the West.'' --B. H. Chamberlain. [1913 Webster]

Little acquiesced, and Ransome disguised him in a beard, and a loose set of clothes, and a billicock hat. --Charles Reade. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


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  • billycock — [bil′i käk΄] n. [< ?] [Old Brit. Informal] a type of felt hat with a low, round crown, as a derby …   English World dictionary

  • billycock — /bil ee kok /, n. Chiefly Brit. Informal. a derby or a hat resembling it. Also called billycock hat. [1715 25; alter. of bullycocked (hat); see BULLY1, COCKED] * * * …   Universalium

  • billycock — noun A felt hat with a rounded crown, similar to a bowler. a young man with a billycock hat on the back of his head tumbled up the steps in his eagerness …   Wiktionary

  • billycock — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌkäk noun also billycock hat Etymology: origin unknown Britain : derby 2a …   Useful english dictionary

  • billycock — noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1721 British derby 3 …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Billycock — Bil|ly|cock [...kɔk] der; Gen. od. s, Plur. s <nach dem Erfinder William (Billy) Coke> steifer, runder, niedriger Filzhut …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • billycock — n. derby, stiff felt hat with dome shaped crown and narrow brim …   English contemporary dictionary

  • billycock — noun historical a kind of bowler hat. Origin C19: said to be from the name of William Coke, nephew of Thomas William Coke, Earl of Leicester …   English new terms dictionary

  • billycock — bil•ly•cock [[t]ˈbɪl iˌkɒk[/t]] n. Brit. clo brit. Derby I, 4) • Etymology: 1715–25 …   From formal English to slang

  • billycock — /ˈbɪlikɒk/ (say bileekok) noun Chiefly British Colloquial Rare 1. a round, low crowned, hard felt hat with a turned up brim. 2. a bowler hat. {variant of earlier bully cocked (hat), i.e. a hat cocked in the style of a bully1 (def. 5) + cock2} …   Australian English dictionary

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