corn-ball

cornball

[kawrn-bawl]
noun
1.
popcorn rolled into a ball and flavored with molasses or caramel.
2.
Informal.
a.
a person who indulges in clichés or sentimentality.
b.
a country bumpkin; hick.
adjective
3.
Informal. corny.

Origin:
1835–45, Americanism; corn1 + ball1; defs. 2, 3, influenced by slang sense of corn. Cf. screwball, oddball

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cornball (ˈkɔːnˌbɔːl)
 
n
1.  a person given to mawkish or unsophisticated behaviour
 
adj
2.  another word for corny
 
[C20: from corn ball a sweet consisting of a ball of popcorn and molasses]

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cornball definition


  1. n.
    a stupid or corny person, especially if rural. : Who invited this cornball to my party?
  2. mod.
    stupid or corny. : What a cornball idea!
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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