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See also: billy-cock


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Apparently an alteration of earlier bully-cocked.


billycock (plural billycocks)

  1. (dated) A felt hat with a rounded crown, similar to a bowler.
    • 1911, GK Chesterton, The Innocence of Father Brown:
      a young man with a billycock hat on the back of his head tumbled up the steps in his eagerness.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room, Vintage Classics, paperback edition, page 68:
      All this blazed up and showed faces far back, round, pale, smooth, bearded, some with billycock hats [...].
    • 1936, Djuna Barnes, Nightwood, Faber & Faber 2007, p. 56:
      the grandmother who, for some unknown reason, was dressed as a man, wearing a billycock and a corked moustache, ridiculous and plump in tight trousers and a red waistcoat [...].
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 372:
      the increasing paralysis confined her to this steel trolley, pushed by a gloved attendant dressed in a billycock hat and a long grey dustcoat.


  • 1873, John Camden Hotten, The Slang Dictionary