Cox"comb` (k?ks"k?m`), n. [A corrupted spelling of cock's comb.]
A strip of red cloth notched like the comb of a cock, which licensed jesters formerly wore in their caps.
The cap itself.
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.
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.
Some are bewildered in the maze of schools,
And some made coxcombs, nature meant but fools.
A name given to several plants of different genera, but particularly to Celosia cristata, or garden cockscomb. Same as Cockscomb.
© Webster 1913.