Definition of cockshy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkäkˌSHī/

noun (plural cockshies)

British dated
1A target for throwing sticks or stones at as a game.
Example sentences
  • The senator set up a number of cockshies and knocked them down again.
  • ‘We will make a cockshy of you if you don't look out,’ said one; and another actually threw a stone at him.
  • The gypsies hold a kind of informal fair on the village green with cockshies, swings, and all the clumsy games that extract money from clumsy hands.
1.1An act of throwing something at a cockshy.
1.2An object of ridicule or criticism.
Example sentences
  • By way of providing a cockshy for the first meeting of the strategic planning group, the vision sketched out below has been prepared.
  • He has written, in his own words, a ‘cockshy’ of a book, cockshy being an old British word with the meaning here of writing ‘something to shoot at.’


From the original use of a cockerel, or a replica of a cockerel, as a target.

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Syllabification: cock·shy

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