- a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop.
- Archaic. head; pate.
- Obsolete. cockscomb(def 2).
Origin of coxcomb
First recorded in 1565–75; spelling variant of cockscomb
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Examples from the Web for coxcomb
Somebody says, that nature may make a fool, but a coxcomb is always of his own making.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
Heart, I took it for granted, he had none; how should a coxcomb come by a heart?Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
Whatever might be said of others, thou, at least, wast no coxcomb.The Works of Whittier, Volume VI (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Now let him, he has my consent, be as great a coxcomb as ever wore red heels.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
He felt a desire to tell this coxcomb just what he thought of him.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
- a variant spelling of cockscomb
- archaic a foppish man
- obsolete the cap, resembling a cock's comb, worn by a jester
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Word Origin and History for coxcomb
1570s, from cokkes comb (1560s, see cockscomb).
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