cox·​comb | \ ˈkäks-ˌkōm How to pronounce coxcomb (audio) \

Definition of coxcomb

1a : a jester's cap adorned with a strip of red
b archaic : pate, head
2a obsolete : fool
b : a conceited foolish person : fop

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Other Words from coxcomb

coxcombical \ käks-​ˈkō-​mi-​kəl How to pronounce coxcomb (audio) , -​ˈkä-​ \ 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, "The Maid’s Story," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of coxcomb

1573, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for coxcomb

Middle English cokkes comb, literally, cock's comb

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The first known use of coxcomb was in 1573

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“Coxcomb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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