- corrupted spelling of
(a) A strip of red cloth notched like the comb of a cock,
which licensed jesters formerly wore in their caps.
(b) The cap itself.
2. The top of the head, or the head itself. [1913 Webster]
We will belabor you a little better, And beat a little more care into your coxcombs. --Beau & Fl. [1913 Webster]
Fond to be seen, she kept a bevy Of powdered coxcombs at her levee. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]
Some are bewildered in the maze of schools, And some made coxcombs, nature meant but fools. --Pope. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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coxcomb — (n.) 1570s, from cokkes comb (1560s, see COCKSCOMB (Cf. cockscomb)) … Etymology dictionary
coxcomb — *fop, dandy, beau, exquisite, dude, buck … New Dictionary of Synonyms
coxcomb — ► NOUN archaic ▪ a vain and conceited man; a dandy … English terms dictionary
coxcomb — [käks′kōm΄] n. [for cock s comb] 1. a cap topped with a notched strip of red cloth like a cock s comb, formerly worn by jesters 2. a silly, vain, foppish fellow; dandy coxcombical [käks käm′i kəl, käkskōm′i kəl] adj … English World dictionary
coxcomb — UK [ˈkɒksˌkəʊm] / US [ˈkɑksˌkoʊm] noun [countable] Word forms coxcomb : singular coxcomb plural coxcombs an old word meaning a man who is too interested in his clothes and appearance … English dictionary
coxcomb — In the sixteenth century this was a reference to the hat worn by a professional fool. It was like a cock’s comb in shape and colour. The word quickly came to refer to the fool himself, then took on the special meaning of a person whose… … A dictionary of epithets and terms of address
coxcomb — noun a) A foolish or conceited person; a dandy. for though I am afraid the doctor was a little of a coxcomb, he might be nevertheless very much of a surgeon. b) The fleshy red pate of a rooster … Wiktionary
coxcomb — noun Etymology: Middle English cokkes comb, literally, cock s comb Date: 1573 1. a. a jester s cap adorned with a strip of red b. archaic pate, head 2. a. obsolete fool … New Collegiate Dictionary