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adjective, corn·i·er, corn·i·est.
  1. of or abounding in corn.
  2. Informal.
    1. old-fashioned, trite, or lacking in subtlety: corny jokes.
    2. mawkishly sentimental: a corny soap opera.

Origin of corny1

1350–1400; 1930–35 for def 2; Middle English; see corn1, -y1
Related formscorn·i·ly, adverbcorn·i·ness, noun


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2. hackneyed, banal, stale.


adjective, corn·i·er, corn·i·est.
  1. pertaining to or affected with corns of the feet.

Origin of corny2

First recorded in 1700–10; corn2 + -y1
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adjective cornier or corniest slang
  1. trite or banal
  2. sentimental or mawkish
  3. abounding in corn

Word Origin

C16 (C20 in the sense rustic, banal): from corn 1 + -y 1
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Word Origin and History for corny


1570s, "full of corn, pertaining to corn, from corn (n.1) + -y (2). Chaucer used it of ale (late 14c.), perhaps to mean "malty." American English slang "old-fashioned, sentimental" is from 1932 (first attested in "Melody Maker"), perhaps originally "something appealing to country folk" (corn-fed in the same sense is attested from 1929). Related: Cornily; corniness.

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