corny

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Etymology 1[edit]

corn +‎ -y; in the "hackneyed" sense, from "corn catalogue jokes", reputedly low-quality jokes that were formerly printed in mail-order seed catalogues.

Adjective[edit]

corny (comparative cornier, superlative corniest)

  1. Insipid or trite.
    The duct tape and wire were a pretty corny solution.
  2. Hackneyed or excessively sentimental.
    The movie was okay, but the love scene was really corny.
    He sent a bouquet of twelve red roses and a card: "Roses are red, Violets are blue, Sugar is sweet, And so are you." How corny is that!
  3. (obsolete) Producing corn or grain; furnished with grains of corn.
    • Prior
      The corny ear.
  4. Containing corn; tasting well of malt.
    • Chaucer
      A draught of moist and corny ale.
  5. (obsolete, UK, slang) tipsy; drunk
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Forby to this entry?)
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Etymology 2[edit]

Latin cornu (horn).

Adjective[edit]

corny (comparative more corny, superlative most corny)

  1. (obsolete) Strong, stiff, or hard, like a horn; resembling horn.
    • Milton
      Up stood the corny reed.

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