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coxcomb

[ koks-kohm ]

noun

  1. a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop.

    Synonyms: jackanapes, popinjay, dude

  2. Archaic. head; pate.


coxcomb

/ ˈkɒksˌkəʊm /

noun

  1. a variant spelling of cockscomb
  2. archaic.
    a foppish man
  3. obsolete.
    the cap, resembling a cock's comb, worn by a jester


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Other Words From

  • cox·comb·i·cal [koks-, kom, -i-k, uh, l, -, koh, -mi-], cox·combic adjective
  • cox·combi·cal·ly adverb
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Word History and Origins

Origin of coxcomb1

First recorded in 1565–75; spelling variant of cockscomb
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Example Sentences

Parr was an arrogant old coxcomb, who abused the respectful kindness he received, and took his pipe into drawing-rooms.

Whereat Morsfield, certain that his parasitic thrasyleon apeing coxcomb would avoid extremities, mimicked him execrably.

Ill neer play at cards more when clubs is trump: I have a goodly coxcomb, sister, have I not?

George, though no coxcomb, had always dressed well and expensively; and George appeared inclined to do so still.

For it was impossible to be angry with a little coxcomb of such pitiful intelligence.

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