What archaic word meaning "conceited
show-off" once denoted a jester's cap?
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An ostentatiously conceited man is a
coxcomb. The word, which originally denoted a jester's cap, was coined from the phrase cokkes
comb because jesters' caps resembled the comb of a cock – i.e.,
the fleshy crest on the bird's head.
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