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corny

Trite or overly sentimental. Oh geez, Edward has such a corny sense of humor—no one ever laughs at his jokes.
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corny

1. mod. having to do with simple-minded, overdrawn humor. (Alludes to rural or folksy style.) This corny dialogue has to be revised before I’ll act in this play.
2. mod. having to do with overdone sentiment. The love scenes were your corny hands-off-the-naughty-parts events, but nobody laughed.
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Like Smith, he rescues certain kinds of musics from the realm of corniness to which much scholarship has consigned them.
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I've been around, I've been looking around and you were here all the time." Sylvester strains in this segment of the song to reach the high notes, and the tension in his voice provides the song with its acoustic drama; when his voice thins in the far corners of the song, it also punches through the potential corniness of the lyric to find a place of palpable emotion.
Set during the Mexican belle epoque, the film revolved around the character of don Francisco de la Torre (Fernando Soler), "a very turn-of-the-century gentleman, down on his luck, good drinker, impenitent player, womanizer and with an invulnerable sense of humor," but the plot was merely an excuse "to interweave the style, the customs, the music, and the charm of the corniness of the epoch" (Bustillo Oro 1984:181,182).
Surely it was an omen I told my friends, who laughed at the wonderful corniness of it all.
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Here again we have a subtle instance of Crane's at once refined and ingenuous doubleness: as profound and sophisticated as his images often are, they can also possess a surface corniness, a brash and blatant sheen.
Don't resort to boasts or corniness, though, to achieve a dramatic opening.
Of course, our hero is oblivious to his own corniness, as he is to everything at first.
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