cornily

corny

1 [kawr-nee]
adjective, cornier, corniest.
1.
of or abounding in corn.
2.
Informal.
a.
old-fashioned, trite, or lacking in subtlety: corny jokes.
b.
mawkishly sentimental: a corny soap opera.

Origin:
1350–1400; 1930–35 for def 2; Middle English; see corn1, -y1

cornily, adverb
corniness, noun


2. hackneyed, banal, stale.
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corny (ˈkɔːnɪ)
 
adj , cornier, corniest
1.  trite or banal
2.  sentimental or mawkish
3.  abounding in corn
 
[C16 (C20 in the sense rustic, banal): from corn1 + -y1]

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corny
1570s, "full of corn, pertaining to corn, from corn (1). Chaucer used it of ale (late 14c.), perhaps to mean "malty." Amer.Eng. slang "old-fashioned, sentimental," is from 1932 (first attested in "Melody Maker"), perhaps originally "something appealing to country folk."
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corny definition


  1. mod.
    having to do with simple-minded, overdrawn humor. (Alludes to rural or folksy style.) : This corny dialogue has to be revised before I'll act in this play.
  2. mod.
    having to do with overdone sentiment. : The love scenes were your corny hands-off-the-naughty-parts events, but nobody laughed.
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