from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Chiefly British A felt hat with a low, rounded crown, similar to a derby.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A felt hat with a rounded crown, similar to a bowler.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- A round, low-crowned felt hat; a wideawake.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stiff, round, low-crowned felt hat: often called a billycock hat. Also spelled billicock.
A billycock is a beautiful object (it may be eagerly urged), but it is not in the same style of architecture as Ely Cathedral; it is a dome, a small rococo dome in the Renaissance manner, and does not go with the pointed arches that assault heaven like spears.
The shopwoman produced a head-dress, which Tottie afterwards described as a billycock 'at with a feather in it.
Some ribald passer-by put a battered felt hat upon Vishnu's sacred curls, and there the poor image sat, an alien in an indifferent land, a sack across its shoulders, a "billycock" upon its head, and honoured at most with a passing stare.
The women affect parti-coloured petticoats of home-made baize or woollen stuff, dyed blue, scarlet, brown, or orange; a scalloped cape of the same material bound with some contrasting hue; and a white or coloured head-kerchief, sometimes topped by the _carapuça_, but rarely by the vulgar 'billycock' of the Canaries.
I had a week at most at my disposal, so for three or four nights I set off stealthily after dark, dressed in an ancient pea jacket and patched unmentionables, with a muffler and billycock hat and cracked boots, Galand in one pocket and flask in t'other, skulking round Conduit Street to see what his movements were.
I said I had a ship, and a greasy disease in a billycock hat and brass watch-chain asked:
I beg that you will look upon it not as a battered billycock but as an intellectual problem.
Despising this latter sort of thing is not despising Mr. Wells, but only some cheap atheist in a billycock hat whom he had the bad luck to meet when he was a boy.
Then on the heels of this procession came a dogcart driven by a man in a billycock hat and containing a lady in dark green.
There, upon the top step, was standing Lord Peterborough, with a billycock hat and a very old shooting coat, and nankeen trousers, which were considerably too short for him.