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coxcomb (plural coxcombs)
- (historical) The cap of a court jester, adorned with a red stripe.
- The fleshy red pate of a rooster.
- (by extension) A foolish or conceited person; a dandy.
- a. 1746, Jonathan Swift; Thomas Sheridan, compiler, “VII. Another, Written upon a Window where there was No Writing before.”, in The Works of the Rev. Jonathan Swift, D.D., Dean of St. Patrick’s, Dublin. […] In Nineteen Volumes, volume VII, new corrected and revised edition, London: Printed [by Nichols and Son] for J[oseph] Johnson [et al.], published 1801, OCLC 6772664, page 361:
- Thanks to my stars, I once can see / A window here from scribbling free! / Here no conceited coxcombs pass, / To scratch their paltry drabs on glass; / Nor party-fool is calling names, / Or dealing crowns to George and James.
- 2010, Pseudonymous Bosch, This Isn't What It Looks Like:
- And she nearly started a fight between two young fops in plumed hats and flouncy collars: "Clay-brained coxcomb!" "Mewling milk-livered maggot!"
- (pate of a rooster): cockscomb
court jester's cap
pate of a rooster