coxcomb


Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

coxcomb

amaranthusdeflexus, A. hybridus.
References in classic literature ?
No sister," cried Lucy, "you are mistaken there, our favourite beaux are NOT great coxcombs.
To be plain, I had endured what is euphemistically called "disappointment" already; and, not being a complete coxcomb, I had no intention of courting a second.
He's a cursed white-blooded pedantic coxcomb," said Will, with gnashing impetuosity.
No doubt I should have been a coxcomb of some kind, if not that kind, and I shall not be very strenuous in censuring Thackeray for his effect upon me in this way.
I would have you know, sir, that, young or old, there has never been a time in my life when I was afraid to speak my mind to an ignorant coxcomb--yes, sir, an ignorant coxcomb, if you had as many titles as slaves could invent and fools could adopt.
That night, at the Opera, the old coxcomb related the incident as follows: "A woman who did not want to tell a man she would be his,--an acknowledgment a well-bred woman never allows herself to make,-- changed the words into 'You are mine.
Should I not appear a most arrogant and shallow coxcomb if I gravely represented that there was any danger of her falling in love with me?
So I read the letters, and contented myself with saying, 'She is very fond of me,' with the indifference of a coxcomb.
At first, indeed, she had seemed to take a pleasure in mortifying my vanity and crushing my presumption - relentlessly nipping off bud by bud as they ventured to appear; and then, I confess, I was deeply wounded, though, at the same time, stimulated to seek revenge; - but latterly finding, beyond a doubt, that I was not that empty-headed coxcomb she had first supposed me, she had repulsed my modest advances in quite a different spirit.
Yes, Honour, says he (this was some time afterwards, when he gave me the crown), I am neither such a coxcomb, or such a villain, as to think of her in any other delight but as my goddess; as such I will always worship and adore her while I have breath.
Miller's a conceited coxcomb, and you may tell him I said so.
Guest is a great coxcomb," young Torry observed; "but then he is a privileged person in St.