screwball


1screw·ball

noun \ˈskrü-ˌbl\

baseball : a pitch that is thrown with spin so that the ball curves in a direction that is opposite to the direction of a curveball

: a crazy person : a person who is not able to think in a clear or sensible way

Full Definition of SCREWBALL

1
:  a baseball pitch that spins and breaks in the opposite direction to a curve
2
:  a whimsical, eccentric, or crazy person :  zany

Examples of SCREWBALL

  1. She really did that? What a screwball.
  2. <a screwball who liked to save lint and bits of string>

First Known Use of SCREWBALL

1908

Rhymes with SCREWBALL

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2screwball

adjective

: funny in a very silly and strange way

Full Definition of SCREWBALL

:  crazily eccentric or whimsical :  zany

Examples of SCREWBALL

  1. <she's always off on some screwball plan>

First Known Use of SCREWBALL

circa 1936

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