coxcomb

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noun cox·comb \ˈkäks-ˌkōm\

Definition of coxcomb

  1. 1 a :  a jester's cap adorned with a strip of red b archaic :  pate, head

  2. 2 a obsolete :  fool b :  a conceited foolish person :  fop

coxcombical

play \käks-ˈkō-mi-kəl, -ˈkä-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of coxcomb

Middle English cokkes comb, literally, cock's comb


First Known Use: 1573


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