- Slang. an eccentric or whimsically eccentric person; a nut.
- Baseball. a pitched ball that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was thrown.
- Slang. eccentric or whimsically eccentric: What a screwball idea!
Origin of screwball
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for screwball
We never tell him, 'Great screwball,' though, because then his elbow would hurt.Will the Real Jim Palmer Please Stand Up
September 27, 2014
His Girl Friday (1940) A must for anyone interested in journalism (or screwball comedies).Most Overlooked Romance Films for Valentine’s Day Weekend: ‘True Romance,’ ‘His Girl Friday,’ More
February 15, 2014
The quirky tenor of his voice, combined with his observant, mocking tone, gelled perfectly with the screwball proceedings.Why ‘Arrested Development’s’ Fourth Season Is a Bust: Contracts and More
May 28, 2013
The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare, by G.K. Chesterton—A nightmare all right: lurid, screwball, and grotesque.The Daily Beast's Favorite Books of 2010
The Daily Beast
December 18, 2010
Much of the material is, at least superficially, the stuff of screwball comedy.A New Kind of Comedy
May 16, 2010
- an odd or eccentric person
- odd; zany; eccentric
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for screwball
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper