- of or abounding in corn.
- old-fashioned, trite, or lacking in subtlety: corny jokes.
- mawkishly sentimental: a corny soap opera.
Origin of corny1
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- pertaining to or affected with corns of the feet.
Origin of corny2
Related Words for cornysentimental, hackneyed, old-fashioned, melodramatic, stupid, banal, stale, mawkish, dull, commonplace, feeble, shopworn, stereotyped, tired, warmed-over
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Contemporary Examples of corny
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Historical Examples of corny
This was all said with a sort of nonchalance, which Corny did not at all like.
"Faults on both sides generally in all quarrels," said Corny.
Corny said he was willing to make the trial, if they pleased.
Never mind, Corny dear, I'll buy a bag of marbles for you at Banagher.'
Corny is to remain behind, and I must ask of you to look to him on his arrival in Dublin.
- trite or banal
- sentimental or mawkish
- abounding in corn
Word Origin for corny
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.