Meaning of “billy” in the English Dictionary

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"billy" in British English

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billynoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbɪl.i/ us /ˈbɪl.i/ also billycan, UK

Examples from literature

  • Often you know by the stars how long it will be before daylight, and stir up the fire, put on the billy, and get the saddles and packs in order. 
  • She showed me a sore on her arm, and the thought struck me that I would boil some water in the billy and wash her arm with a sponge. 
  • The fire was only alight ten minutes at the most, and you can't cook anything or boil a billy in that time, I know. 
  • Then, after boiling the billy and eating some fearfully tough corned meat, we get into the boat again, hoist our sail, and land at the little township just after dark. 

(Definition of “billy” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)