An empty-headed, vain person. The ancient licensed jesters were so
called because they wore a cock's comb in their caps.
Coxcombs, an ever empty race,
Are trumpets of their own disgrace.
Gay: Fables, xix.
“Let me hire him too; here's my coxcomb.”
Shakespeare: King Lear,
The Prince of Coxcombs.
Charles Joseph, Prince de Ligne. (1535-1614.) Richard II. of
England is sometimes called the Coxcomb. (1366, 1377-1400.) Henri III.
of France was called le Mignon,
which means pretty well the same
thing. (1551, 1574-1589.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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