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Definitions for corny
ˈkɔr nicorny

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bromidic, corny, platitudinal, platitudinousadjective

    dull and tiresome but with pretensions of significance or originality

    "bromidic sermons"


  1. cornyadjective

    Insipid or trite.

    The duct tape and wire were a pretty corny solution.

  2. cornyadjective

    Hackneyed or excessively sentimental.

  3. Etymology: (from "corn catalogue jokes", reputedly low-quality jokes that were at a time commonly printed in mail order seed catalogues)

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cornyadjective

    Etymology: from cornu, horn, Latin.

    Up stood the corny reed,
    Embattel’d in her field. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. vii.

    Tell me why the ant,
    ’Midst Summer’s plenty, thinks of Winter’s want,
    By constant journeys, careful to prepare
    Her stores; and bringing home the corny ear. Matthew Prior.


  1. corny

    Corny generally refers to something that is overly sentimental, clichéd, predictable or trying too hard to be meaningful and ends up being cheesy or dull. It can also refer to humor that is outdated, obvious or not quite funny.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cornyadjective

    strong, stiff, or hard, like a horn; resembling horn

  2. Cornyadjective

    producing corn or grain; furnished with grains of corn

  3. Cornyadjective

    containing corn; tasting well of malt

  4. Cornyadjective


  5. Etymology: [L. cornu horn.]


  1. Corny

    Corny is the brand name of granola bars, produced by the German company Schwartauer Werke in Bad Schwartau since 1985. It is available in eleven flavors and variations, such as sugar-free or with added dietary fibers. A Corny bar basically contains a mixture of Muesli-ingredients as well as honey.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of corny in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of corny in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of corny in a Sentence

  1. Merle Haggard:

    I didn’t like Johnny Cash, i thought he was kind of corny. I wasn’t really a fan.

  2. Simon Cowell:

    I like a little bit of sugar in my tea, but I like one teaspoon, that was like a whole bag of sugar. It was getting so corny … we have to de-corny you.

  3. Chris Noth:

    There had to be that last moment and no words, no corny dialogue, just a look, and I thought [King] did it so beautifully.

  4. Amy Ray:

    . . .you said good friends are hard to come by I laughed and bought you a beer 'cause it's too corny to cry well sentiment given and sentiment lost you shook it off with a smirk and a toss and you were only joking.

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    a sharp hand gesture (resembling a blow)
    • A. jab
    • B. impurity
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