Also found in: Thesaurus.


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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


(ˌkɒksˈkəʊmɪkəl) ,




1. of or resembling the characteristic nature of a coxcomb
2. conceited; foppish
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
References in periodicals archive ?
Elfenbein also rejects the notion of a sanitized Regency for fastidious readers, observing that the presentation of Byron in Victorian novels like Gore's Cecil (1841) and Benjamin Disraeli's Venetia (1837) "mark boundaries between their age and that of Byron by associating him and the Regency with glittering elegance and moral emptiness." (41) It is difficult to think of a more accurate way to describe Gore's anti-hero, "the arch-coxcomb of his coxcombical times," whose highly polished wit and unabashed egotism simultaneously delight and disturb the reader.