[ kawr-nerd ]
/ ˈkɔr nərd /


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

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at corner, -ed3

Related forms

un·cor·nered, adjective

Definition for cornered (2 of 2)

Origin of corner

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French, equivalent to Old French corne corner, horn (< Latin cornū horn; cf. cornu) + -er -er2 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for cornered (1 of 2)



the Corner informal an area in central Australia, at the junction of the borders of Queensland and South Australia

British Dictionary definitions for cornered (2 of 2)


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Word Origin for corner

C13: from Old French corniere, from Latin cornū point, extremity, horn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Idioms and Phrases with cornered


In addition to the idiom beginning with corner

  • corner the market

also see:

  • 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
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