corn|ball [ˈko:nbo:l US ˈko:rnbo:l] adj [only before noun] AmE informal
cornball humour is extremely simple, old-fashioned, and silly
Country and Western songs always have such cornball titles.

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  • cornball — ☆ cornball [kôrn′bôl΄ ] adj. [ CORN1, n. 7 + (SCREW)BALL] Slang unsophisticated, old fashioned, banal, sentimental, etc.; corny n. Slang a cornball person or thing …   English World dictionary

  • Cornball — Corn ball (k[^o]rn b[add]l), n. 1. a {corn ball}. [PJC] 2. a person who is corny; one who is overly sentimental. [informal] [PJC] 3. an unsophisticated person; a country bumpkin. [informal] [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cornball — corn ball (k[^o]rn b[add]l), a. same as {corny[5]}. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cornball — 1. n. a stupid or corny person. □ He’s a cornball, but he’s fun. □ Who invited this cornball to my party? 2. mod. stupid or corny. □ What a cornball idea! □ Ken …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • cornball — adjective (only before noun) AmE informal cornball humour is too simple, old fashioned, unoriginal, and silly: At lunchtime he bored us with these awful cornball jokes …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • cornball — I. noun Date: circa 1949 an unsophisticated person; also something corny II. adjective Date: 1951 corny < cornball humor > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cornball — noun a) An unsophisticated person. That movie was a real cornball. b) Something excessively corny …   Wiktionary

  • cornball — /ˈkɔnbɔl/ (say kawnbawl) Chiefly US –noun 1. a sentimentalist, especially one given to trite and hackneyed expressions. –adjective 2. sentimental in a trite and hackneyed way. {US cornball popcorn rolled into a ball and stuck together with… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cornball — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Usage: often attributive Etymology: corn ball “ball of popped corn and molasses” (influenced in meaning by corn (I) “something corny” & screwball, meatball) slang : an unsophisticated person : rube, hick; …   Useful english dictionary

  • cornball — /kawrn bawl /, n. 1. popcorn rolled into a ball and flavored with molasses or caramel. 2. Informal. a. a person who indulges in clichés or sentimentality. b. a country bumpkin; hick. adj. 3. Informal. corny. [1835 45, Amer.; CORN1 + BALL1; defs.… …   Universalium