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Silly Billy

EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

Nickname of Prince William Frederick (1776-1834), Duke of Gloucester; also of William IV of the UK (1765-1837)

NounEdit

Silly Billy (plural Silly Billies)

  1. An epithet used in mild teasing for a silly person, or one who has just done something of an foolish nature.

Usage notesEdit

Denis Healey, British politician, was known for using the term as a catchphrase. This originated with Mike Yarwood's famous impression of him, although he later used it himself in parliament.