Following from Webster1913's definition, cockshy also refers to a person who is made the object of an attack or of verbal abuse. Also used for someone who has a personality that is likely to have them made the object of such abuse.

Akin to laughingstock, sitting duck, schlimazl.

Cock"shy` (?), n.


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.

"Making a cockshy of him," replied the hideous small boy. Dickens.


© Webster 1913.

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