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Cox may refer to:

  • Coxswain (rowing) in a boat crew
  • Cox (surname), including people with the name
  • Cox's Orange Pippin, a variety of apple
  • Cox's Criminal Cases, British law reports

Cox (surname)

The surnameCox is of English or Welsh origin, and may have originated independently in several places in Great Britain, with the variations arriving at a standard spelling only later. There are also two native Irish surnames which were anglicised into Cox.

An early record of the surname dates from 1556 with the marriage of Alicea Cox at St. Martin in the Fields, Westminster, London. Cox is the 69th-most common surname in the United Kingdom.

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English


▪ A different pleasure was afforded when the cox was female.
▪ At the end, beneath a couple of mature coxes, was an iron table and stout wooden chairs.
▪ Both coxes were warned again at the Crab Tree, where Cambridge began to show in front.
▪ Cambridge cox sinking the boat before the race had started.
▪ Moynihan had been in his time a University cox and a flyweight boxing blue, and barely came up to her elbow.
▪ The battle of brawn ... and the clash of the coxes.
▪ Voice over Crucial to both crews' chances is the performance of the coxes.
▪ When you hear the moan of the rowlocks, do you urge him on like a cox?
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary


surname, from early 16c., earlier Cocks (c.1300), in many cases from cock (n.1), which apparently was used as a personal name in Old English, also as a familiar term for a boy, later used of apprentices, servants, etc. Perhaps in some cases for the sign of an inn. In some cases perhaps from cook (n.), or Welsh coch "red."

The Collaborative International Dictionary


Cox \Cox\ (k?ks), n. [OE. cokes. Cf. Coax.] A coxcomb; a simpleton; a gull. [Obs.]

Go; you're a brainless cox, a toy, a fop.
--Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] ||



v. act as the coxswain, in a boat race



n. (acronym of cyclooxygenase English)

Usage examples of "cox".

Instead, he carried a satellite pager, so Cox could get messages to him all over the world, but it was receive only.

Davy finished threading his way through the entrance foyer and into the side room, he found Brian Cox sitting near a front window with a newspaper open, but not lifted quite high enough to block his view of the restaurant.

Davy could tell Cox had spotted him first, probably while he was still on the street.

Davy rolled sideways through the water and fetched up against a storefront security grating facing back toward Cox and the street.

While they were in the foyer, Cox pitched a chair through the front window, threw his companion over his shoulder, and left through the window.

The witnesses heard distant gunshots and when our alert team arrived they found Cox a block and a half away, dead.

Brian Cox had died and, possibly, the place where Davy might have been seen last.

Brian Cox in front of him, was one of those who made him a prisoner, tortured him, kept him away from Millie.

George Cox was leaning against the wall cleaning his fingernails with a jackknife.

THE TIME THE TWO men arrived at the Oceanus House, Masters had filled Cox in on the Carter investigation.

The two men stopped before a warped and peeling door while Cox inserted the key into the lock.

George Cox stood at the bar, shoulders rounded, his shark mouth clamped on a wet cigar.

Watching Evelyn Parks when Cox spoke, he had seen her flinch as if she had been slapped.

For a moment she had thought of herself as respectable, but Cox had destroyed the illusion.

I get the impression that Cox knew a lot about this place and the people in it.