screwball









screwball


noun

  1. Slang. an eccentric or whimsically eccentric person; a nut.
  2. Baseball. a pitched ball that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was thrown.

adjective

  1. Slang. eccentric or whimsically eccentric: What a screwball idea!

noun

  1. an odd or eccentric person

adjective

  1. odd; zany; eccentric

n.“eccentric person,” 1933, U.S. slang, earlier as a type of erratic baseball pitch (1928), from a still earlier name for a type of delivery in cricket (1866), from screw (n.) + ball (n.1). Screwball comedy is attested from 1938, in reference to Carole Lombard.

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