Definition of corny in US English:

corny

adjectivecorniest, cornier

informal
  • Trite, banal, or mawkishly sentimental.

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

1930s: from an earlier sense ‘rustic, appealing to country folk’.

Pronunciation

corny

/ˈkôrnē//ˈkɔrni/