coxcomb

[ koks-kohm ]
/ ˈkɒksˌkoʊm /

noun

a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop.
Archaic. head; pate.
Obsolete. cockscomb(def 2).

Nearby words

  1. coxa valga,
  2. coxa vara,
  3. coxae,
  4. coxalgia,
  5. coxalgy,
  6. coxcombry,
  7. coxey,
  8. coxey, jacob sechler,
  9. coxiella,
  10. coxitis

Origin of coxcomb

First recorded in 1565–75; spelling variant of cockscomb

Related formscox·comb·i·cal [koks-kom-i-kuhl, -koh-mi-] /kɒksˈkɒm ɪ kəl, -ˈkoʊ mɪ-/, cox·comb·ic, adjectivecox·comb·i·cal·ly, adverb

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British Dictionary definitions for coxcomb

coxcomb

/ (ˈkɒksˌkəʊm) /

noun

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

coxcomb

n.

1570s, from cokkes comb (1560s, see cockscomb).

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