Bil"ly*cock (?), n., or 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.

Little acquiesced, and Ransome disguised him in a beard, and a loose set of clothes, and a billicock hat.
Charles Reade.

 

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