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Slang definitions & phrases for -ball


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  1. A person who is obnoxious or strange because of what is indicated: oddball/ goofball/ dirtball/ dizzball/ sleazeball
  2. Baseball of a specified sort: Billyball/ greedball

[1970s+; first sense probably fr 1930s screwball, ''eccentric person,'' fr late 1920s name of a baseball pitch, suggesting screwy, ''crazy, eccentric''; second sense fr the kind of baseball played by the teams of the manager Billy Martin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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