\ ˈkȯr-nē How to pronounce corny (audio) \
cornier; corniest

Definition of corny

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : mawkishly old-fashioned : tiresomely simple and sentimental told corny jokes corny greeting cards
2 : of or relating to corn
3 archaic : tasting strongly of malt
cornier; corniest

Definition of corny (Entry 2 of 2)

: relating to or having corns on the feet

Other Words from corny

Adjective (1)

cornily \ ˈkȯr-​nə-​lē How to pronounce corny (audio) \ adverb
corniness \ ˈkȯr-​nē-​nəs How to pronounce corny (audio) \ noun

First Known Use of corny

Adjective (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Adjective (2)

1689, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for corny

Adjective (1)

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

Adjective (2)

corn entry 3 + -y entry 1

Learn More About corny

Time Traveler for corny

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Dictionary Entries Near corny

corn woundwort

corny

Coro

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for corny

Cite this Entry

“Corny.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/corny. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More Definitions for corny

corny

adjective
\ ˈkȯr-nē How to pronounce corny (audio) \
cornier; corniest

Kids Definition of corny

: so simple, sentimental, or old-fashioned as to be annoying a corny joke

corny

adjective
\ ˈkȯr-nē How to pronounce corny (audio) \
cornier; corniest

Medical Definition of corny

: relating to or having corns on the feet

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Eponyms: Words Named After People

Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!