Definition of corny in English:



  • Trite, banal, or mawkishly sentimental.

    ‘it sounds corny, but as soon as I saw her I knew she was the one’
    • ‘This production makes fun of this corny stage convention by not even trying to cast actors who look similar.’
    • ‘There's nothing corny about her sentimental soul - the music has classic written all over it.’
    • ‘It may sound trite, cliche, corny, even, but I would like to thank my parents.’
    • ‘It is rare for a movie to bring such a feeling to the viewer without coming off as corny or overly sentimental.’
    • ‘He makes lots of corny jokes, and tries to explain stuff in terms we'll understand.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Yeah, they play well off of each other, but I can't help feeling like it's a corny chemistry at best.’
    • ‘The character voices are superbly done and there are rarely any corny lines or jokes in the game.’
    • ‘I just hope that if he campaigns he keeps the corny Terminator lines to a minimum.’
    • ‘You can't watch that stuff and not know that this, in that corny phrase, was the big one.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And it may sound cheesy or corny, but I really remember the movies that I went to see with my whole family.’
    • ‘If we were feeling corny we'd say The Middle Kingdom is a book about a woman who, by discovering China, discovers herself.’
    • ‘If you can overlook the corny moments and cheesy dialogue, then this has atmosphere and energy to spare.’
    • ‘You can actually get away with corny jokes, and I bet your sense of humor is a guilty pleasure for your friends.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was part of our determination not be corny, to be different.’
    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’.