- of or abounding in corn.
- old-fashioned, trite, or lacking in subtlety: corny jokes.
- mawkishly sentimental: a corny soap opera.
Origin of corny1
- trite or banal
- sentimental or mawkish
- abounding in corn
Word Origin and History for corniness
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.