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- Like, or in the style of, a coxcomb.
1857, John Benwell, An Englishman's Travels in America:
- The majority of these idlers were impudent-looking braggarts, who, with jaunty air and coxcombical show of superiority, endeavoured to enforce their own opinions, and to silence those of every one else.
1903, William Godwin, Caleb Williams:
- Marlow is a coxcombical prig, that is the truth on't; and if a man will expose himself, why, he must even take what follows.
1907, John Morley, Studies in Literature:
- Of Wordsworth's demeanour and physical presence, De Quincey's account, silly, coxcombical, and vulgar, is the worst; Carlyle's, as might be expected from his magical gift of portraiture, is the best.