Definition of corny in English:

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corny

Pronunciation: /ˈkôrnē/

adjective (cornier, corniest)

informal
Trite, banal, or mawkishly sentimental: it sounds corny, but as soon as I saw her I knew she was the one
More example sentences
  • It may sound trite, cliche, corny, even, but I would like to thank my parents.
  • There's nothing corny about her sentimental soul - the music has classic written all over it.
  • Hey now, any guy likes to be served by a cute waitress smiling and laughing at all your corny jokes, it just makes you feel good.
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Derivatives

cornily

Pronunciation: /ˈkôrnl-ē/
adverb
Example sentences
  • Without the almost cornily interwoven plot, the story is predictable.
  • He pronounced every syllable, and he did the accents convincingly but not cornily.
  • Of course, it's cornily romantic, a picture postcard.

corniness

Pronunciation: /ˈkôrnēnəs/
noun
Example sentences
  • Jennifer is very warm and emotional, sometimes to the point of corniness.
  • ‘Flavors’ doesn't entirely escape the trap of the stereotype, but its greater flaw is one that afflicts most amateur scripts - corniness.
  • Though elegantly acted and shot overall, Man on the Train works best in its minutest parts, little idiosyncratic touches that bring humanity and humour to the mounting corniness.

Origin

1930s: from an earlier sense 'rustic, appealing to country folk'.

Words that rhyme with corny

brawny, horny, lawny, mulligatawny, scrawny, tawny, thorny

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: corn·y

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