coconut shy

noun

Definition of coconut shy

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

Word by Word Definitions

coconut play
  1. : the drupaceous fruit of the coconut palm whose outer fibrous husk yields coir and whose nut contains thick edible meat and, in the fresh fruit, a clear liquid (see coconut water)

  2. : the edible meat of the coconut

shy play
  1. : easily frightened : timid

  2. : disposed to avoid a person or thing

  3. : hesitant in committing oneself : circumspect

  1. : to develop or show a dislike or distaste

  2. : to start suddenly aside through fright or alarm

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

  1. : to make a sudden throw

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

  1. : the act of shying : toss, throw

  2. : a verbal fling or attack

  3. : cockshy


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