cornball

[ kawrn-bawl ]
/ ˈkɔrnˌbɔl /

noun

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

adjective

Informal. corny1 (def. 2).

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Origin of cornball

1835–45, Americanism;corn1 + ball1; defs. 2, 3 influenced by slang sense of corn.Cf. screwball, oddball
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British Dictionary definitions for cornball

cornball
/ (ˈkɔːnˌbɔːl) mainly US /

noun

a person given to mawkish or unsophisticated behaviour

adjective

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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