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Meaning of COXCOMB

Pronunciation:  'kâks`kowm

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

COXCOMB is a 7 letter word that starts with C.


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



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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}.

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: beau, Beau Brummel, bladder, blade, blood, boulevardier, buck, cap and bells, clotheshorse, dandy, dude, exquisite, fashion plate, fine gentleman, fop, fribble, gallant, jack-a-dandy, jackanapes, lady-killer, lounge lizard, macaroni, man-about-town, masher, motley, puppy, slapstick, sock, spark, sport, swell