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

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

Related Words for coxcomb

fool, dandy, buck, cap, dude, hinge, popinjay, fob, exquisite

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Historical Examples of coxcomb

British Dictionary definitions for coxcomb



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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