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coxcomb

[koks-kohm] /ˈkɒksˌkoʊm/
noun
1.
a conceited, foolish dandy; pretentious fop.
2.
Archaic. head; pate.
3.
Obsolete, cockscomb (def 2).
Origin
1565-1575
1565-75; spelling variant of cockscomb
Related forms
coxcombical
[koks-kom-i-kuh l, -koh-mi-] /kɒksˈkɒm ɪ kəl, -ˈkoʊ mɪ-/ (Show IPA),
coxcombic, adjective
coxcombically, adverb
Synonyms
1. dude, popinjay, jackanapes.
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  • Her coxcomb of tough, spiky hair shivered as she launched into a torrent of accusation.
British Dictionary definitions for coxcomb

cockscomb

/ˈkɒksˌkəʊm/
noun
1.
the comb of a domestic cock
2.
an amaranthaceous garden or pot plant, Celosia cristata, with yellow, crimson, or purple feathery plumelike flowers in a broad spike resembling the comb of a cock
3.
any similar species of Celosia
4.
(informal) a conceited dandy

coxcomb

/ˈkɒksˌkəʊm/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of cockscomb
2.
(archaic) a foppish man
3.
(obsolete) the cap, resembling a cock's comb, worn by a jester
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Word Origin and History for coxcomb
coxcomb
1560s, from cokkes comb (see cockscomb).
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