corn

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See also: -corn, còrn, and Còrn

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English corn, from Old English corn, from Proto-Germanic *kurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵr̥h₂nóm (grain; worn-down), neuter participle of Proto-Indo-European *ǵer- (to wear down), or a substantivized form of *ǵr̥h₂-nós (matured, grown old), from *ǵerh₂- (grow old, mature). Cognate with Dutch koren, Low German Koorn, German Korn, North Germanic korn; see also Russian зерно (zerno), Czech zrno, Latin grānum, Lithuanian žirnis, Persian خرمن (xarman), and English grain.

Noun[edit]

corn (usually uncountable, plural corns)

  1. (UK, uncountable) The main cereal plant grown for its grain in a given region, such as oats in parts of Scotland and Ireland, and wheat or barley in England and Wales.
    • 1847, John Mason Neale, Stories from heathen mythology and Greek history, page 115:
      Among the divinities that dwelt on Mount Olympus, none was more friendly to the husbandman than Demeter, goddess of corn.
    • 1867, Karl Marx (Samuel Moore & Edward Aveling, translators), Das Kapital[1]:
      However much the individual manufacturer might give the rein to his old lust for gain, the spokesmen and political leaders of the manufacturing class ordered a change of front and of speech towards the workpeople. They had entered upon the contest for the repeal of the Corn Laws, and needed the workers to help them to victory. They promised therefore, not only a double-sized loaf of bread, but the enactment of the Ten Hours' Bill in the Free-trade millennium.
    • 1909, Johann David Wyss (Susannah Mary Paull, translator), The Swiss Family Robinson, page 462:
      I found that we had nearly a hundred bushels of corn, including wheat, maize, and barley, to add to our store.
  2. (US, Canada, Australia, uncountable) Maize, a grain crop of the species Zea mays.
    • 1809, Edward Augustus Kendall, Travels Through the Northern Parts of the United States[2]:
      The planting or sowing of maize, exclusively called corn, was just accomplished on the Town Hill, when I reached it.
  3. A grain or seed, especially of a cereal crop.
    He paid her the nominal fee of two corns of barley.
  4. A small, hard particle.
    • Bishop Hall:
      corn of sand
    • Beaumont and Fletcher:
      a corn of powder
corn (Zea mays)
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corn (third-person singular simple present corns, present participle corning, simple past and past participle corned)

  1. (US, Canada) To granulate; to form a substance into grains.
    to corn gunpowder
  2. (US, Canada) To preserve using coarse salt, e.g. corned beef
  3. (US, Canada) To provide with corn (typically maize; or, in Scotland, oats) for feed.
    Corn the horses.
  4. (transitive) To render intoxicated.
    ale strong enough to corn one
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Old French corn (modern French cor).

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Noun[edit]

corn (plural corns)

  1. A type of callus, usually on the feet or hands.
    • Shakespeare
      Welcome, gentlemen! Ladies that have their toes / Unplagued with corns, will have a bout with you.
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Etymology 3[edit]

This use was first used in 1932, as corny, something appealing to country folk.

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corn (uncountable)

  1. (US, Canada) Something (e.g. acting, humour, music, or writing) which is deemed old-fashioned or intended to induce emotion.[1]
    • 1975, Tschirlie, Backpacker magazine,
      He had a sharp wit, true enough, but also a good, healthy mountaineer's love of pure corn, the slapstick stuff, the in-jokes that get funnier with every repetition and never amuse anybody who wasn't there.
    • 1986, Linda Martin and Kerry Segrave, Women in Comedy‎,
      There were lots of jokes on the show and they were pure corn, but the audience didn't mind.
    • 2007, Bob L. Cox, Fiddlin' Charlie Bowman: an East Tennessee old-time music pioneer and his musical family,
      The bulk of this humor was pure corn, but as hillbilly material it was meant to be that way.
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corn (uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) short for corn snow. A type of granular snow formed by repeated melting and re-freezing, often in mountain spring conditions.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Corn (emotion)", Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary. Cambridge University Press.

Catalan[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin cornū.

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corn m (plural corns)

  1. horn (of animal)
  2. (music) horn

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Irish[edit]

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From Old Irish corn (drinking horn, goblet; trumpet, horn; curl), from Latin cornū.

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corn m (genitive coirn, nominative plural coirn)

  1. horn (musical instrument)
  2. drinking-horn
  3. (sports) cup
  4. (racing) plate

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corn (present analytic cornann, future analytic cornfaidh, verbal noun cornadh, past participle corntha)

  1. roll, coil

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Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
corn chorn gcorn
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Old English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Germanic *kurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵr̥h₂nóm (grain). Cognate with Old Frisian korn, Old Saxon korn (Low German Koorn), Template:eytl koren, Old High German korn (German Korn), Old Norse korn (Danish and Swedish korn), Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (kaurn).

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Noun[edit]

corn n

  1. corn, a grain or seed
    • Hie wæron benumene ægðer ge ðæs ceapes ge ðæs cornes: they were deprived both of cattle and of corn. (Anglo-Saxon Chronicle)
  2. a cornlike pimple, a corn on the foot

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Old French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin cornū.

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corn m (oblique plural corns, nominative singular corns, nominative plural corn)

  1. horn (bony projection found on the head of some animals)
  2. horn (instrument used to create sound)

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Romanian[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Latin cornū.

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corn n (plural coarne)

  1. horn
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin cornus.

Noun[edit]

Flowers of the European Cornel; Florile cornului

corn n (plural corni)

  1. European cornel, Cornus mas
  2. rafter (of a house)
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Scots[edit]

Noun[edit]

corn (plural corns)

  1. corn
  2. oats
  3. (in plural) crops (of grain)

Verb[edit]

tae corn (third-person singular simple present corns, present participle cornin, simple past cornt, past participle cornt)

  1. to feed (a horse) with oats or grain

Welsh[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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Noun[edit]

corn m (plural cyrn)

  1. horn

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
corn gorn nghorn chorn