coxcomb

(redirected from Coxcombs)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.

cox·comb

 (kŏks′kōm′)
n.
1. A conceited dandy; a fop.
2. Obsolete A jester's cap; a cockscomb.

[Middle English cokkes comb, crest of a cock : cokkes, genitive of cok, cock; see cock1 + comb, crest; see comb.]

cox·comb′i·cal (-kōm′ĭ-kəl) adj.

coxcomb

(ˈkɒksˌkəʊm)
n
1. (Zoology) a variant spelling of cockscomb
2. archaic a foppish man
3. (Historical Terms) obsolete the cap, resembling a cock's comb, worn by a jester

cox•comb

(ˈkɒksˌkoʊm)

n.
1. a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop.
2. Archaic. head; pate.
[1565–75; sp. variant of cockscomb]
cox•comb′i•cal (-ˈkɒm ɪ kəl, -ˈkoʊ mɪ-) cox•comb′ic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coxcomb - a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishmentscoxcomb - a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
dandy, fashion plate, fop, gallant, sheik, dude, beau, clotheshorse, swell - a man who is much concerned with his dress and appearance
2.coxcomb - a cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red
cap - a tight-fitting headdress
3.coxcomb - the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
crest - a showy growth of e.g. feathers or skin on the head of a bird or other animal
gallinacean, gallinaceous bird - heavy-bodied largely ground-feeding domestic or game birds
Translations

coxcomb

[ˈkɒkskəʊm] Ncresta f de gallo

coxcomb

n (old)Stutzer m (old)
References in classic literature ?
No sister," cried Lucy, "you are mistaken there, our favourite beaux are NOT great coxcombs.
Sometimes they met with rival coxcombs in the young Indians from the opposite shore, who would appear on the beach painted and decorated in fantastic style, and would saunter up and down, to be gazed at and admired, perfectly satisfied that they eclipsed their pale-faccd competitors.
There are thousands upon thousands of coxcombs and charlatans in the world, made up of just such a jumble of wornout, forgotten, and good-for-nothing trash as he was
He was one of the numerous and varied legion of dullards, of half-animate abortions, conceited, half-educated coxcombs, who attach themselves to the idea most in fashion only to vulgarise it and who caricature every cause they serve, however sincerely.
Jo knew that `young Laurence' was regarded as a most eligible parti by worldly mamas, was much smiled upon by their daughters, and flattered enough by ladies of all ages to make a coxcomb of him, so she watched him rather jealously, fearing he would be spoiled, and rejoiced more than she confessed to find that he still believed in modest girls.
If I find him conversable, I shall be glad of his acquaintance; but if he is only a chattering coxcomb, he will not occupy much of my time or thoughts.
At the risk of spoiling my story and of being taken for a coxcomb, I state my intention at the outset.
Twice two makes four is a pert coxcomb who stands with arms akimbo barring your path and spitting.
She wouldn't believe me, saying that she knew Anne of Austria, who was too proud to love such a worthless coxcomb.