popcorn rolled into a ball and flavored with molasses or caramel.
  1. a person who indulges in clichés or sentimentality.
  2. a country bumpkin; hick.


Informal. corny1(def 2).

Origin of cornball

1835–45, Americanism; corn1 + ball1;defs 2, 3 influenced by slang sense of corn. Cf. screwball, oddball Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cornball

Contemporary Examples of cornball

  • But the complaints about the current administration did sometimes come with a spoonful of sugar, or at least a cornball of humor.

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    What I Saw at Iowa’s So-Co Circus

    Ben Jacobs

    August 10, 2014

British Dictionary definitions for cornball



a person given to mawkish or unsophisticated behaviour


another word for corny

Word Origin for cornball

C20: from corn ball a sweet consisting of a ball of popcorn and molasses
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