Definitions for: Coxcomb

[n] the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
[n] a cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red
[n] a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments

Webster (1913) Definition: Cox"comb` (k?ks"k?m`), n. [A corrupted spelling of
cock's comb.]
(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.

We will belabor you a little better, And beat a
little more care into your coxcombs. --Beau & Fl.

3. A vain, showy fellow; a conceited, silly man, fond of
display; a superficial pretender to knowledge or
accomplishments; a fop.

Fond to be seen, she kept a bevy Of powdered
coxcombs at her levee. --Goldsmith.

Some are bewildered in the maze of schools, And some
made coxcombs, nature meant but fools. --Pope.

4. (Bot.) A name given to several plants of different genera,
but particularly to Celosia cristata, or garden
cockscomb. Same as Cockscomb.

Synonyms: cockscomb, cockscomb, cockscomb, comb

See Also: beau, cap, clotheshorse, crest, dandy, dude, fashion plate, fop, gallant, gallinaceon, gallinaceous bird, sheik, swell

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