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The OED gives as meaning 3 of "coxcomb" the following definition:
3. A fool, simpleton (obs.); now, a foolish, conceited, showy person, vain of his accomplishments, appearance, or dress; a fop; a superficial pretender to knowledge or accomplishments (
cumgranosalis • Link
as above plus Samuel Johnson : refs King Lear
then " fop; a superficial pretender to Knowledge or accomplisments."
refs: Hudibras p 1 cant iii.;
L'Estrange Fable 135:
Chart showing the number of references in each month of the diary’s entries.