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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.]
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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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


Informal. n.
1. a person who indulges in clichés or sentimentality.
2. a country bumpkin; hick.
3. corny.
[1835–45, Amer.; compare screwball, oddball]
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[ˈkɔːnbɔːl] N (US) → paleto/a m/f
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