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Definition of "coxcomb" [cox•comb]

  • A conceited dandy; a fop. (noun)
  • Obsolete A jester's cap; a cockscomb. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "coxcomb" in a sentence
  • "_celebrated gentleman_ made on a very eminent physician: 'He is a coxcomb, but a _satisfactory coxcomb_.'"
  • "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."
  • "The libel suit brought against him by Whistler, whom he described as a coxcomb who flung a pot of paint in the face of the public, is still talked about in"