coxcomb coxcomb

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a conceited dandy who is overly impressed by his own accomplishments
  2. (n) a cap worn by court jesters; adorned with a strip of red
  3. (n) the fleshy red crest on the head of the domestic fowl and other gallinaceous birds

Synonym(s)

Usage(s):

  1. Those sacks you see the natives carrying along the white roads on Sunday morning contain the coxcomb choir.
  2. Belittlers of Chief of the High Command Wilhelm Keitel used to say that Keitel was such a coxcomb that he wouldn't even listen to Rundstedt.

News

  • RALPH NADER: Who Wants to Be Town Jester of Winsted, Connecticut?

    There’s an old saying “in humor there is truth.” Until the 18th century, British monarchs, surrounded by sycophantic entourages, retained court Jesters to tell them the truth in the garb of satire and motley costumes with donkey ears, red-flannel coxcomb and bells.
    on February 23, 2014     Source: Litchfield County Times

Quotes

  • "I have seen and heard much of cockney impudence before now, but never expected to hear a coxcomb ask two hundred guineas for flinging a pot of paint into the public's face," the famous critic John Ruskin said in 1877 of Whistler's Nocturne in...
    on Jun 20, 2010 By: John Ruskin Source: The Australian

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