Definition of Coxcomb

1. Noun. A conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments.

Exact synonyms: Cockscomb
Generic synonyms: Beau, Clotheshorse, Dandy, Dude, Fashion Plate, Fop, Gallant, Sheik, Swell



2. Noun. A cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red.
Exact synonyms: Cockscomb
Generic synonyms: Cap

3. Noun. The fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds.
Exact synonyms: Cockscomb, Comb
Generic synonyms: Crest
Group relationships: Gallinacean, Gallinaceous Bird

Definition of Coxcomb

1. n. A strip of red cloth notched like the comb of a cock, which licensed jesters formerly wore in their caps.

Definition of Coxcomb

1. Noun. (obsolete) The cap of a court jester, adorned with a red stripe. ¹

2. Noun. A foolish or conceited person; a dandy. ¹

3. Noun. The fleshy red pate of a rooster. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Coxcomb

1. a conceited dandy [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Coxcomb

cowy
cowyard
cox
coxa
coxa adducta
coxa plana
coxa valga
coxae
coxal
coxalgia
coxalgias
coxalgic
coxalgies
coxalgy
coxcomb (current term)
coxcombic
coxcombical
coxcombically
coxcombly
coxcombries
coxcombry
coxcombs
coxcomical
coxcomically
coxed
coxes
coxiella
coxiella burnetii
coxier

Literary usage of Coxcomb

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1. Essays by the Late Mark Pattison: Sometime Rector of Lincoln College by Mark Pattison (1889)
"Hurd's favourite word is ' coxcomb.' ' Toup is certainly well skilled in the Greek ... He writes against Leland 'out of pure indignation, as a coxcomb. ..."

2. The History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in England by Edward Hyde Clarendon (1807)
"worthy to command: but that Richard, that coxcomb, ... that he was the very fool and coxcomb he had mentioned fo kindly. And within two days after, ..."

3. The Gentleman's Magazine (1796)
"... he was, you fay, "a vain and arrogant coxcomb (fuch-is your ... „.an:_-_ and arrogant coxcomb for vindicating your ..."

4. Letters from England: by don Manual Alvarez Espriella by Robert Southey (1814)
"The coxcomb. — Fashionables. — Fops. — Egyptian Fashions—Dances. ... WHETHER the coxcomb be an animal confined to Europe I know not, but in every country in ..."

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