- 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
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1. dude, popinjay, jackanapes.
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Examples from the Web for coxcombical
Some day, Mary will know she's well rid of a coxcombical foreign-looking fellow.The Pillars of the House, Vol. I (of 2)
Charlotte M. Yonge
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
Even in his grave-clothes the coxcombical tastes of the man exhibited themselves.A Book about Doctors
John Cordy Jeaffreson
- 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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