coxcomb

[ koks-kohm ]
/ ˈkɒksˌkoʊm /

noun

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

QUIZZES

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PUNCTUATION QUIZ

Punctuation marks help make writing easy to read and understand. Some of the most important ones are the period (.), comma (,), question mark (?), and exclamation point (!). How well do you know how to use them? Find out in this quiz!
Question 1 of 10
Which punctuation mark is best for this sentence? "Can I watch a movie __"

Origin of coxcomb

First recorded in 1565–75; spelling variant of cockscomb

OTHER WORDS FROM coxcomb

cox·comb·i·cal [koks-kom-i-kuhl, -koh-mi-] /kɒksˈkɒm ɪ kəl, -ˈkoʊ mɪ-/, cox·comb·ic, adjectivecox·comb·i·cal·ly, adverb
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for coxcomb

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012