Foolish vs Coxcomb - What's the difference?

foolish | coxcomb |

As a adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun coxcomb is

(obsolete) the cap of a court jester, adorned with a red stripe.




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness




    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) The cap of a court jester, adorned with a red stripe.
  • A foolish or conceited person; a dandy.
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  • for though I am afraid the doctor was a little of a coxcomb , he might be nevertheless very much of a surgeon.
  • * 2010 ,
  • And she nearly started a fight between two young fops in plumed hats and flouncy collars: "Clay-brained coxcomb !" "Mewling milk-livered maggot!"
  • The fleshy red pate of a rooster.
  • Derived terms

    * coxcombical * coxcombically


    * cockscomb (3) * fool (2) * popinjay