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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Example sentences
His cornball enthusiasm was so compelling and so endearing.
As anyone who's spent time in a sing-along club knows, karaoke has earned its
  reputation as a cornball pursuit for boozy wannabes.
He may even have believed the cornball emotions in his songs.
These two great veteran actors know exactly where to draw the line and prevent
  endearing folksiness from turning cornball.
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