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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - The fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds; A cap worn by court jesters; A conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments.

Usage examples (29)
  • He is also of an ancient family; but, in his person and manners, more of what I call the coxcomb than any of his companions.
  • No, no, no! Never was there so bright a turn in my fate as when this titled coxcomb, with his smooth voice and gaudy fripperies, came hither!
  • And a coxcomb is a jester's hat, for those of us who aren't versed in obsolete English.
  • As the poet died in 1642, Swift ridicules the statement that this kind of coxcomb was "utterly new." for more
Tutoring comment
  • A "cockscomb" or "cock's comb" is the fleshy red excrescence on the head of a rooster, while a "coxcomb" is a conceited dandy.
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