Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who behaves in a mawkish or unsophisticated manner.
  • adj. Mawkish or unsophisticated; corny: a kid's cornball humor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An unsophisticated person.
  • n. Something excessively corny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a ball of popped corn stuck together with soft candy from molasses or sugar.
  • n. a corn ball.
  • n. a person who is corny; one who is overly sentimental.
  • n. an unsophisticated person; a country bumpkin.
  • adj. same as corny{5}.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ball made of popped corn, cemented with white of eggs, and sweetened with molasses or sugar.

Etymologies

From corn ball, a ball of popcorn and molasses.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
corn +‎ ball (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • In the abrupt jargon of railroad telegraphy, cornball stood for the phrase "will not be confirmed". --US Railway Association, Standard Cipher Code, 1906.

    January 21, 2013

  • And here I was thinking "Silent Cornballs."

    June 9, 2011

  • O cornball ye faithful?

    June 8, 2011

  • Read this in a font with bad kerning and it sounds like the start of a well-known Christmas carol.

    June 8, 2011

  • Ridiculous. Every potential wordie list, etc.

    June 8, 2011

  • Done.

    June 8, 2011

  • Can't believe hernesheir or ruzuzu hasn't included this on some panoptical corn-themed list.

    June 8, 2011