- having corners (usually used in combination): a six-cornered room.
- having a given number of positions; sided (usually used in combination): a four-cornered debate.
- forced into an awkward, embarrassing, or inescapable position: a cornered debater; a cornered fox.
Origin of cornered
- the place at which two converging lines or surfaces meet.
- the space between two converging lines or surfaces near their intersection; angle: a chair in the corner of the room.
- a projecting angle, especially of a rectangular figure or object: He bumped into the corner of the table.
- the point where two streets meet: the corner of Market and Main Streets.
- an end; margin; edge.
- any narrow, secluded, or secret place.
- an awkward or embarrassing position, especially one from which escape is impossible.
- Finance. a monopolizing or a monopoly of the available supply of a stock or commodity to a point permitting control of price (applied only when monopoly price is exacted).
- region; part; quarter: from every corner of the empire.
- the point of intersection of the section lines of a land survey, often marked by a monument or some object, as a pipe that is set or driven into the ground.Compare section(def 5).
- a stake, tree, or rock marking the intersection of property lines.
- a piece to protect the corner of anything.
- any point on the line forming the left or right boundary of home plate: a pitch on the corner.
- the area formed by the intersection of the foul line and the outfield fence.
- the immediate area formed by any of the four angles in the ring.
- one of the two assigned corners where a boxer rests between rounds and behind which the handlers sit during a fight.
- Soccer. corner kick.
- situated on or at a corner where two streets meet: a corner drugstore.
- made to fit or be used in a corner: a corner cabinet.
- to furnish with corners.
- to place in or drive into a corner.
- to force into an awkward or difficult position or one from which escape is impossible: He finally cornered the thief.
- to gain control of (a stock, commodity, etc.).
- to meet in or be situated on or at a corner.
- to form a corner in a stock or commodity.
- (of an automobile) to turn, especially at a speed relatively high for the angle of the turn involved.
- cut corners,
- to use a shorter route.
- to reduce costs or care in execution: cutting corners to meet the foreign competition.
- rough corners, rude, boorish, or unsophisticated characteristics, manners, or the like: Despite his rough corners, he was very likable.
- the four corners of the earth, the most distant or remote regions: They traveled to the four corners of the earth.
- turn the corner, to pass through a crisis safely: When the fever passed, we knew he had turned the corner.
Origin of corner
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Examples from the Web for cornered
Alastair Sim had jowls like melting candle wax, a snarl like a cornered cat and eyes cold with contempt.How Dickens and Scrooge Saved Christmas
December 22, 2014
Putin is cornered, according to Saakashvili, which is why he is lashing out.U.S. Military Chief Compares Putin’s Ukraine Move to Stalin’s Invasion of Poland
July 25, 2014
By acquiring WhatsApp, Facebook has cornered the mobile-messaging market in North America and Europe.WhatsApp Experiences Massive Outage Days After Facebook Acquisition, Internet Blames Zuckerberg
February 22, 2014
Got to the point where Onstad boiled over, cornered Johnny, bawled him out.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
Cornered near Big Bear Lake, he took his own life after a shootout with law officers.The Deaths You Missed This Year
Malcolm Jones, Jimmy So, Michael Moynihan, Caitlin Dickson
December 30, 2013
At Thirty-second Street he ran into Burman, with whom he had all but cornered wheat.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Holding his club prepared to strike, he drew in on his cornered quarry.White Fang
There in his stateroom, cornered, he received me with a grim reluctance.The Harbor
Then he cornered the captain behind the Bangs barn and spoke with conviction.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Even rats when cornered will turn at bay and bare their teeth for combat.The Strolling Saint
- the Corner informal an area in central Australia, at the junction of the borders of Queensland and South Australia
- the place, position, or angle formed by the meeting of two converging lines or surfaces
- a projecting angle of a solid object or figure
- the place where two streets meet
- any small, secluded, secret, or private place
- a dangerous or awkward position, esp from which escape is difficulta tight corner
- any part, region or place, esp a remote place
- something used to protect or mark a corner, as of the hard cover of a book
- commerce a monopoly over the supply of a commodity so that its market price can be controlled
- soccer hockey a free kick or shot from the corner of the field, taken against a defending team when the ball goes out of play over their goal line after last touching one of their players
- either of two opposite angles of a boxing ring in which the opponents take their rests
- mountaineering a junction between two rock faces forming an angle of between 60° and 120°US name: dihedral
- cut corners to do something in the easiest and shortest way, esp at the expense of high standards
- round the corner or just round the corner close at hand
- turn the corner to pass the critical point (in an illness, etc)
- (modifier) located on a cornera corner shop
- (modifier) suitable or designed for a cornera corner table
- logic either of a pair of symbols used in the same way as ordinary quotation marks to indicate quasi quotationSee quasi-quotation
- (tr) to manoeuvre (a person or animal) into a position from which escape is difficult or impossiblefinally they cornered the fox
- (tr) to furnish or provide with corners
- (tr) to place in or move into a corner
- to acquire enough of (a commodity) to attain control of the market
- Also: engrossto attain control of (a market) in such a mannerCompare forestall (def. 3)
- (intr) (of vehicles, etc) to turn a corner
- (intr) US to be situated on a corner
- (intr) (in soccer, etc) to take a corner
Word Origin and History for cornered
late 13c., from Anglo-French cornere (Old French corniere), from Old French corne "horn, corner," from Vulgar Latin *corna, from Latin cornua, plural of cornu "projecting point, end, horn" (see horn (n.)). Replaced Old English hyrne. As an adjective, from 1530s.
late 14c., "to furnish with corners," from corner (n.). Meaning "to turn a corner," as in a race, is 1860s; meaning "drive (someone) into a corner" is American English from 1824. Commercial sense is from 1836. Related: Cornered; cornering.
Idioms and Phrases with cornered
In addition to the idiom beginning with corner
- corner the market
- around the corner
- cut corners
- four corners of the earth
- in a tight corner
- out of the corner of one's eye
- paint oneself into a corner
- turn the corner