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coxcomb

[ koks-kohm ]
/ ˈkɒksˌkoʊm /
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noun

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

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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
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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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