1. (a) A strip of red cloth notched like the comb of a cock, which licensed jesters formerly wore in their caps. (b) The cap itself.
2. The top of the head, or the head itself.
We will belabor you a little better,
And beat a little more care into your coxcombs. --Beau & Fl.
3. A vain, showy fellow; a conceited, silly man, fond of display; a superficial pretender to knowledge or accomplishments; a fop.
Fond to be seen, she kept a bevy
Of powdered coxcombs at her levee. --Goldsmith.
Some are bewildered in the maze of schools,
And some made coxcombs, nature meant but fools. --Pope.
4. Bot. A name given to several plants of different genera, but particularly to Celosia cristata, or garden cockscomb. Same as Cockscomb.
n 1: a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own
accomplishments [syn: cockscomb]
2: a cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red
3: the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and
other gallinaceous birds [syn: comb, cockscomb]