Coxcombry vs Coxcombly - What's the difference?

coxcombry | coxcombly |


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.

coxcombry

English

Noun

(en-noun)
  • (countable) A behaviour or manner that is characteristic of a coxcomb; a foppish behaviour.
  • * 1865 , , Chapter IX,
  • He was clean shaved; clean shaving is a favorite coxcombry of the deacon class.
  • (uncountable) Behaviour or airs characteristic of a coxcomb; foppishness.
  • * 1824 , , Canto the Fifteenth, XII,
  • 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.
  • * 1855 , , Chapter XI,
  • He paused, grimly regarding it, while a dash of pleased coxcombry seemed to mingle with the otherwise savage satisfaction expressed in his face.
  • * 1871 , , Part 13, Chapter 3,
  • 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.

    coxcombly

    English

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) Like a coxcomb.
  • You coxcombly ass, you! — Beaumont and Fletcher.
    (Webster 1913)