1dated A vain and conceited man; a dandy.
fop, beau, man about town, bright young thing, glamour boy, rakeView synonyms
- ‘His manner assures her ‘that he was exactly the coxcomb she had heard him described to be.’’
- ‘He is a silly and superficial man, a fop or coxcomb.’
- ‘He was annoyed at the man's insolence but realised he must have appeared a coxcomb in Mr. Howitt's eyes.’
- ‘Wouldn't that be egg all over the face of the dizzy-eyed coxcomb of a Prime Minister.’
- ‘As an afterthought, the red-headed girl suddenly added, ‘Good gracious, that Adam Weatherly is such a coxcomb.’’
2variant spelling of cockscomb
Mid 16th century (denoting a simpleton): variant of cockscomb, in the sense jester's cap (resembling a cock's comb), hence a jester, a fool.