nounpl. cock·shies Chiefly British
- A mark aimed at in throwing contests.
- The throw in a throwing contest.
Origin of cockshyFrom an old game in which sticks were shied at a cock.
- A game in which trinkets are set upon sticks, to be thrown at by the players; -- so called from an ancient popular sport which consisted in shying or throwing cudgels at live cocks.
- An object at which stones are flung.