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

2 [kawr-nee]
adjective, cornier, corniest.
pertaining to or affected with corns of the feet.

Origin:
1700–10; corn2 + -y1

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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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Example sentences
It was an old gag, and so corny it would make you groan.
There isn't much beauty to be seen, unless you include some polluted sunrises
  and corny naturism.
Sometimes, as a friend used to say, things are so corny they're good.
The second rewarding aspect of the job probably sounds corny but it's true:
  teaching.
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