cornier; corniest
: mawkishly old-fashioned : tiresomely simple and sentimental
told corny jokes
corny greeting cards
: of or relating to corn
archaic : tasting strongly of malt
cornily adverb
corniness noun


2 of 2

adjective (2)

cornier; corniest
: relating to or having corns on the feet

Examples of corny in a Sentence

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Madame Web doesn’t capitalize on the affecting potential of this realization; most of these discoveries are relegated to corny exposition, and the girls never move beyond stock-character territory. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Feb. 2024 Against Harlow’s advice and much to J.Lo’s dismay, Affleck surprises her in the studio dressed from head to toe in corny Dunkin gear. Krystie Lee Yandoli, Rolling Stone, 11 Feb. 2024 Blue wore custom Vivienne Westwood and smiled gamely throughout Jay-Z’s sweet and corny dad jokes (as well as his explicit criticism of the Recording Academy for never giving Beyoncé album of the year), clinching her status as the world’s coolest 12-year-old. Emma Specter, Vogue, 5 Feb. 2024 Many Gen Zers aren’t really interested, and not just because these places are corny. Chloe Berger, Fortune, 3 Feb. 2024 Every era now heralded as golden was once pilloried as corny dreck. Kate Knibbs, WIRED, 23 Dec. 2023 Plus, see the end of Netflix’s corny reality show, a new Anne Hathaway film, and the third Doctor Who holiday special. James Grebey, Vulture, 8 Dec. 2023 Day 2 consisted of a 17-mile slog over cold, wet tundra to another hut, where corny jokes and sour gummies helped keep their spirits up. Cheryl Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 Nov. 2023 Instead, the director gets right down to business, opening with a wordless chase sequence in which a sad dad (Joel Kinnaman) in a corny Christmas sweater sprints after a pair of speeding cars. Peter Debruge, Variety, 27 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History


Adjective (1)

Middle English, from corn corn entry 1 + -y -y entry 1

Adjective (2)

corn entry 3 + -y entry 1

First Known Use

Adjective (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective (2)

1689, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of corny was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Corny.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


cornier; corniest
: tastelessly old-fashioned : tiresomely simple or sentimental
corny music
corny jokes

Medical Definition


cornier; corniest
: relating to or having corns on the feet
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