[ koks-kohm ]
/ ˈkɒksˌkoʊm /


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
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for coxcomb


/ (ˈkɒksˌkəʊm) /


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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