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screwball

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noun screw·ball \ ˈskrü-ˌbȯl \

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 in a Sentence

  1. She really did that? What a screwball.

  2. a screwball who liked to save lint and bits of string

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First Known Use of screwball

1908


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screwball

adjective

Definition of screwball

:crazily eccentric or whimsical :zany

Examples of screwball in a Sentence

  1. she's always off on some screwball plan

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First Known Use of screwball

circa 1936


SCREWBALL Defined for English Language Learners

screwball

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noun

Definition of screwball for English Language Learners

  • 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


screwball

adjective

Definition of screwball for English Language Learners

  • : funny in a very silly and strange way



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