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coconut shy

noun

Simple Definition of coconut shy

  • : an outdoor game in which players throw balls at coconuts set up on poles in order to knock them down

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of coconut shy

British

  1. :  an outdoor game in which players throw balls at coconuts set up on poles in order to knock them down

Word by Word Definitions

coconutplay
  1. :  the drupaceous fruit of the coconut palm whose outer fibrous husk yields coir and whose nut contains thick edible meat and coconut milk

    :  the edible meat of the coconut

  1. :  easily frightened :  timid

    :  disposed to avoid a person or thing

    :  hesitant in committing oneself :  circumspect

  1. :  to start suddenly aside through fright or alarm

  1. :  a sudden start aside (as from fright)

  1. :  to make a sudden throw

    :  to throw (an object) with a jerk :  fling

  1. :  the act of shying :  toss, throw

    :  a verbal fling or attack

    :  cockshy


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