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cornball

[kawrn-bawl] /ˈkɔrnˌbɔl/
noun
1.
popcorn rolled into a ball and flavored with molasses or caramel.
2.
Informal.
  1. a person who indulges in clichés or sentimentality.
  2. a country bumpkin; hick.
adjective
3.
Informal. corny.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; corn1 + ball1; defs. 2, 3, influenced by slang sense of corn. Cf. screwball, oddball
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Examples from the web for cornball
  • 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.
  • Jazz, blues and rock in the background occasionally turns cornball.
  • There are scenes that are simply echoes of the literature of the thirties, and they were cornball even then.
British Dictionary definitions for cornball

cornball

/ˈkɔːnˌbɔːl/
noun
1.
a person given to mawkish or unsophisticated behaviour
adjective
2.
another word for corny
Word Origin
C20: from corn ball a sweet consisting of a ball of popcorn and molasses
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Slang definitions & phrases for cornball

cornball

adjective

: Where did you get those cornball notions?

noun

A person who admires or produces markedly

[1850s+; fr Spanish]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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