Definition of corny in English:


adjectivecorniest, cornier

  • Trite, banal, or mawkishly sentimental.

    ‘it sounds corny, but as soon as I saw her I knew she was the one’
    • ‘It is rare for a movie to bring such a feeling to the viewer without coming off as corny or overly sentimental.’
    • ‘You can't watch that stuff and not know that this, in that corny phrase, was the big one.’
    • ‘The character voices are superbly done and there are rarely any corny lines or jokes in the game.’
    • ‘And it may sound cheesy or corny, but I really remember the movies that I went to see with my whole family.’
    • ‘He makes lots of corny jokes, and tries to explain stuff in terms we'll understand.’
    • ‘If you can overlook the corny moments and cheesy dialogue, then this has atmosphere and energy to spare.’
    • ‘The voiceovers for some of the lesser characters are also at times corny, even if the main cast are much better.’
    • ‘Set in the showbiz circuit of the 1940s, it charmed critics with its corny jokes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The children pulled crackers and we read corny jokes to each other.’
    • ‘When I read again what I wrote over a week ago, it does look a little stupid or corny.’
    • ‘I just hope that if he campaigns he keeps the corny Terminator lines to a minimum.’
    • ‘Admittedly, it errs a little on the corny side, but it's hard to say whether that's really a fault in a movie of this kind.’
    • ‘This production makes fun of this corny stage convention by not even trying to cast actors who look similar.’
    • ‘It was part of our determination not be corny, to be different.’
    • ‘It may sound trite, cliche, corny, even, but I would like to thank my parents.’
    • ‘If we were feeling corny we'd say The Middle Kingdom is a book about a woman who, by discovering China, discovers herself.’
    • ‘You can actually get away with corny jokes, and I bet your sense of humor is a guilty pleasure for your friends.’
    • ‘Yeah, they play well off of each other, but I can't help feeling like it's a corny chemistry at best.’
    banal, trite, hackneyed, commonplace, clichéd, predictable, stereotyped, platitudinous, inane, fatuous, vapid, jejune, weak, feeble, tired, stale, overworked, overused, well worn
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1930s: from an earlier sense ‘rustic, appealing to country folk’.