cockshy

[ kok-shahy ]
/ ˈkɒkˌʃaɪ /
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noun, plural cock·shies. British.

the act or sport of throwing missiles at a target.
the target itself.

Nearby words

  1. cockroach,
  2. cockscomb,
  3. cocksfoot,
  4. cockshot,
  5. cockshut,
  6. cockspur,
  7. cocksucker,
  8. cocksure,
  9. cocksurely,
  10. cockswain

Origin of cockshy

First recorded in 1785–95; cock1 + shy2

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British Dictionary definitions for cockshy

cockshy

/ (ˈkɒkˌʃaɪ) /

noun plural -shies British

a target aimed at in throwing games
the throw itself.
Often shortened to: shy

Word Origin for cockshy

C18: from shying (throwing objects at) a cock, which was given as a prize to the person who hit it

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