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

Nearby words

  1. coxa valga,
  2. coxa vara,
  3. coxae,
  4. coxalgia,
  5. coxalgy,
  6. coxcombry,
  7. coxey,
  8. coxey, jacob sechler,
  9. coxiella,
  10. coxitis

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

Examples from the Web for coxcombical

  • Some day, Mary will know she's well rid of a coxcombical foreign-looking fellow.

  • Even in his grave-clothes the coxcombical tastes of the man exhibited themselves.

    A Book about Doctors|John Cordy Jeaffreson
  • Marlow is a coxcombical prig, that is the truth on't; and if a man will expose himself, why, he must even take what follows.

    Caleb Williams|William Godwin

British Dictionary definitions for coxcombical



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 coxcombical



1570s, from cokkes comb (1560s, see cockscomb).

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