Coxcombry vs Coxcombly - What's the difference?
As a noun coxcombry
is (countable) a behaviour or manner that is characteristic of a coxcomb; a foppish behaviour.
As an adjective coxcombly is
(obsolete) like a coxcomb.
(countable) A behaviour or manner that is characteristic of a coxcomb; a foppish behaviour.
* 1865 , , Chapter IX,
(uncountable) Behaviour or airs characteristic of a coxcomb; foppishness.
* 1824 , , Canto the Fifteenth, XII,
- He was clean shaved; clean shaving is a favorite coxcombry of the deacon class.
* 1855 , , Chapter XI,
- His manner was perhaps the more seductive, / Because he ne'er seem'd anxious to seduce; / Nothing affected, studied, or constructive / Of coxcombry or conquest: no abuse / Of his attractions marr'd the fair perspective, / To indicate a Cupidon broke loose, / And seem to say, "Resist us if you can" -- / Which makes a dandy while it spoils a man.
* 1871 , , Part 13, Chapter 3,
- He paused, grimly regarding it, while a dash of pleased coxcombry seemed to mingle with the otherwise savage satisfaction expressed in his face.
- A man emasculated by coxcombry may spend more time upon the arrangement of his clothes than any woman, but even then there is no fetichism in his idea of them--they are still only a covering he uses for a time.