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’
    • ‘The voiceovers for some of the lesser characters are also at times corny, even if the main cast are much better.’
    • ‘It was part of our determination not be corny, to be different.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Set in the showbiz circuit of the 1940s, it charmed critics with its corny jokes.’
    • ‘If you can overlook the corny moments and cheesy dialogue, then this has atmosphere and energy to spare.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I just hope that if he campaigns he keeps the corny Terminator lines to a minimum.’
    • ‘When I read again what I wrote over a week ago, it does look a little stupid or corny.’
    • ‘And it may sound cheesy or corny, but I really remember the movies that I went to see with my whole family.’
    • ‘You can actually get away with corny jokes, and I bet your sense of humor is a guilty pleasure for your friends.’
    • ‘There's nothing corny about her sentimental soul - the music has classic written all over it.’
    • ‘He makes lots of corny jokes, and tries to explain stuff in terms we'll understand.’
    • ‘It may sound trite, cliche, corny, even, but I would like to thank my parents.’
    • ‘The character voices are superbly done and there are rarely any corny lines or jokes in the game.’
    • ‘If we were feeling corny we'd say The Middle Kingdom is a book about a woman who, by discovering China, discovers herself.’
    • ‘Yeah, they play well off of each other, but I can't help feeling like it's a corny chemistry at best.’
    • ‘The children pulled crackers and we read corny jokes to each other.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This production makes fun of this corny stage convention by not even trying to cast actors who look similar.’
    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’.