Cornier



[kawr-nee] /ˈkɔr ni/

adjective, cornier, corniest.
1.
of or abounding in corn.
2.
Informal.

[kawr-nee] /ˈkɔr ni/
adjective, cornier, corniest.
1.
pertaining to or affected with of the feet.
/ˈkɔːnɪ/
adjective (slang) cornier, corniest
1.
trite or banal
2.
sentimental or mawkish
3.
abounding in corn
adj.

1570s, “full of corn, pertaining to corn, from corn (n.1) + -y (2). Chaucer used it of ale (late 14c.), perhaps to mean “malty.” American English slang “old-fashioned, sentimental” is from 1932 (first attested in “Melody Maker”), perhaps originally “something appealing to country folk” (corn-fed in the same sense is attested from 1929). Related: Cornily; corniness.

adjective

Overly sentimental; banal; devoted to or expressing old-fashioned moral convictions; cornball

[1930+ Jazz musicians; the writer Mari Sandoz (1896–1966) suggested as possible origin the corn-seed catalogs sent to Midwestern farmers before and after 1900, which were larded with tired old jokes; the jokes were called corn jokes and corny]

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