Nearby words

  1. cockney bream,
  2. cockneyfy,
  3. cockneyism,
  4. cockpit,
  5. cockroach,
  6. cocksfoot,
  7. cockshot,
  8. cockshut,
  9. cockshy,
  10. cockspur

Origin of cockscomb

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at cock1, 's1, comb1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cockscomb

British Dictionary definitions for cockscomb




the comb of a domestic cock
an amaranthaceous garden or pot plant, Celosia cristata, with yellow, crimson, or purple feathery plumelike flowers in a broad spike resembling the comb of a cock
any similar species of Celosia
informal a conceited dandy
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Word Origin and History for cockscomb



c.1400, "comb or crest of a cock," from possessive of cock (n.1) + comb (n.). Meaning "cap worn by a professional fool" is from 1560s; hence "conceited fool" (1560s), a sense passing into the derivative coxcomb. As a plant name, from 1570s.

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