cornball


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corn·ball

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

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

cornball

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

corn•ball

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

cornball

[ˈkɔːnbɔːl] N (US) → paleto/a m/f
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