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. 2018

Examples from the Web for coxcombical

Historical Examples of coxcombical

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

  • 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

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

    A Book about Doctors

    John Cordy Jeaffreson

British Dictionary definitions for coxcombical


  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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Word Origin and History for coxcombical



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

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