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 (kôrn′bôl′) Slang
One who behaves in a mawkish or unsophisticated manner.
Mawkish or unsophisticated; corny: a kid's cornball humor.

[From corn ball, a ball of popcorn and molasses.]


a person given to mawkish or unsophisticated behaviour
another word for corny
[C20: from corn ball a sweet consisting of a ball of popcorn and molasses]


Informal. n.
1. a person who indulges in clichés or sentimentality.
2. a country bumpkin; hick.
3. corny.
[1835–45, Amer.; compare screwball, oddball]


[ˈkɔːnbɔːl] N (US) → paleto/a m/f
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