Definitions

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

  • n. Chiefly Southern & Midland U.S. See johnnycake. See Regional Notes at johnnycake, light bread, pone.
  • adj. Informal Folksy and homespun, as in manner or speech: a penchant for cornpone humor; cornpone political prose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A form of cornbread made without milk or eggs.
  • n. Something or someone considered stereotypical of rural, Southern US attitudes or attributes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. cornbread often made without milk or eggs and baked or fried (southern)

Etymologies

From corn + pone. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When I finally got around to seeing the movie later, I thought, wow, kind of cornpone, and ... "

    Kim Morgan: Patrick Swayze: 1952-2009

  • Charlie Kirbo, a cornpone Southern lawyer but bright and close to Carter, was always open to my views.

    The Good Fight

  • The story here concerns a pair of American innocents abroad—Lightning McQueen, the bright-red race car brightly voiced by Owen Wilson, and Tow Mater, the buck-toothed, good-hearted tow truck who speaks in the cornpone tones of Larry the Cable Guy.

    Oy Story: 'Cars 2' Is a Dollar-Driven Edsel

  • Instead, Preminger allows the entire debate to be entirely driven by various forms of nonsense: the ONLY things we see Cooley's flag-waving as contrasted to Pidgeon's bullshit facade of polite talk as contrasted to Leffingwell's cornpone babble as contrasted to Van Ackerman attempting to eat the table.

    A young reader discovers the meaning of paranoia in the political novels of Allen Drury

  • Without the volatile securities business that hobbled some banks, Wells is making hay from a consumer franchise once derided by its slicker Wall Street rivals as a Midwestern, cornpone operation after its 1998 merger with Minneapolis-based Norwest Corp.

    In Tribute to Wells, Banks Try the Hard Sell

  • Whoever said, "Give those two their own movie!" struck gold as the cornpone couple appeared in low-budget hit after hit, thanks in no small part to Marjorie Main's excellent skill on even this tired material.

    Michael Giltz: DVDs: 1939 -- Still Hollywood's Greatest Year

  • I find cornbread, especially cornpone, to be the perfect accompaniment.

    ELMER FUDD'S BRUNSWICK STEW

  • As Black, Mr. Jackson must plead the case for living in a cornpone patois: I ain't got an original thought in my head.

    Where the Time Goes

  • Now that I've got tenure, I'll spit in my own cornpone by saying I'd like to see the tenure system abolished as well.

    Tenure trouble?

  • Even the cornpone accents the British-born Mr. Moyer sometimes sounds like he's channeling Elvis in a revival of "King Creole" are part of the fun.

    Vampires for Snobs

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  • "It was 'baker's bread' -- what the quality eat -- none of your low-down cornpone."

    -Huckleberry Finn

    August 18, 2010