coxcomb

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n coxcomb the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds
    • n coxcomb a cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red
    • n coxcomb a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Coxcomb (Bot) A name given to several plants of different genera, but particularly to Celosia cristata, or garden cockscomb. Same as Cockscomb.
    • Coxcomb A strip of red cloth notched like the comb of a cock, which licensed jesters formerly wore in their caps.
    • Coxcomb 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."
      "Some are bewildered in the maze of schools,
      And some made coxcombs , nature meant but fools."
    • Coxcomb The cap itself.
    • Coxcomb 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 ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coxcomb The comb of a cock. See cockscomb, 1.
    • n coxcomb The comb, resembling that of a cock, which licensed fools formerly wore in their caps; hence, the fool's cap itself.
    • n coxcomb The top of the head, or the head itself.
    • n coxcomb A fop; a vain, showy fellow; a conceited and pretentious dunce.
    • n coxcomb A kind of silver lace frayed out at the edges.
    • n coxcomb Same as cockscomb, 2. Synonyms Coxcomb, Fop, Dandy, Exquisite, Beau, prig, popinjay, jackanapes. The first five are used only of men. The distinguishing characteristic of a coxcomb is vanity, which may be displayed in regard to accomplishments, looks, dress, etc., but perhaps most often as to accomplishments. Fop is not quite so broad as coxcomb, applying chiefly to one who displays vanity in dress and pertness in conversation, with a tendency to impertinence in manner. Dandy is applied only to one who gives excessive attention to elegance and perhaps affectation in dress. An exquisite is one who prides himself upon his superfine taste in dress, manners, language, etc., when a fair judgment would be that his taste is overwrought, petty, or affected. (See quotation from Bulwer, under exquisite.) Beau is an old name for one who has too much understanding to be a mere dandy, but still overdoes in the matter of dress, sometimes carrying it to an extreme, as Beau Nash, Beau Brummel. Beau Brummel might perhaps be called the typical fop.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coxcomb koks′kōm a strip of red cloth notched like a cock's comb, which professional fools used to wear: a fool: a fop
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
A corrupted spelling of cock's comb,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cockscomb.

Usage

In literature:

I hope all this will not make me a coxcomb.
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb
Was there no one to give a slap in the face to this coxcomb from the prison?
"The Dead Command" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
Why you whore-son coxcombe, said the lord, canst thou not dig the pit deepe enough and bury all together?
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 6, June 1810" by Various
I see nothing in the Times but a Company of Coxcombs that fear without a Cause.
"The Works of Aphra Behn" by Aphra Behn
Some coxcomb she must have seen in the convent parlor.
"The Regent's Daughter" by Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
We are not savants, coxcombs, fops!
"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert
But let not the reader suppose that he was either a superannuated coxcomb or a driveling dotard.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
No one could call him a coxcomb, yet he, not aware of the real cause of your interest, might be over-flattered.
"Robert Orange" by John Oliver Hobbes
BLOUNT: Come along, Sir Coxcomb, your gay mantle will need the brush today, I wot.
"History Plays for the Grammar Grades" by Mary Ella Lyng
When he has mended what Fluellen calls his 'ploody coxcomb,' he will take out a summons against me for assault.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
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In poetry:

In that low bed of coxcomb flowers
Beneath her window-sill,
Her chamber-window, where he warms
Homeward my spirit still;
"The Yellow Butterfly" by Manmohan Ghose
But know, my soul disdain'd thy sway,
And scorns thy charms and thee,
To which each fluttering coxcomb may
As welcome be as me.
"Songs Set To Music: 15. Set" by Matthew Prior
Again thou'lt smile, and blushing shun
Some coxcomb's raillery;
Nor own for once thou thought'st on one,
Who ever thinks on thee.
"Stanzas Composed During A Thunderstorm" by Lord George Gordon Byron
Imperious coxcomb! is your stomach vexed?
Pray slack your rage, and hearken what comes next:
I have a writ to take you up; therefore,
To chafe your blood, I bid you stand, once more.
"A Dialogue Betwixt An Exciseman And Death" by Anonymous British
You miss the fine and secret art
To win the castle of the heart,
For which you all contend;
The coxcomb tribe may crowd your train,
But you will never, never gain
A lover, or a friend.
"Ode to Women" by John Logan
As a boy, reserved and naughty;
As a youth, a coxcomb and haughty;
As a man, for action inclined;
As a greybeard, fickle in mind.—
Upon thy grave will people read:
This was a very man, indeed!
"Epitaph" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

In news:

Do you have any coxcombs in your life.
His first jest is on a common subject, his coxcomb, a jester's peaked hat.
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