coxcomb

noun

cox·​comb ˈkäks-ˌkōm How to pronounce coxcomb (audio)
1
a
: a jester's cap adorned with a strip of red
b
archaic : pate, head
2
a
obsolete : fool
b
: a conceited foolish person : fop
coxcombical adjective

Examples of coxcomb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The doctor was a large, hale man, with a coxcomb of thinning red hair. Adam O’Fallon Price, Harper's magazine, 10 June 2019

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Word History

Etymology

Middle English cokkes comb, literally, cock's comb

First Known Use

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of coxcomb was in 1573

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“Coxcomb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/coxcomb. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

coxcomb

noun
cox·​comb ˈkäks-ˌkōm How to pronounce coxcomb (audio)
: a conceited foolish person

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