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screwball

[ skroo-bawl ]
/ ˈskruˌbɔl /
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noun
Slang. an eccentric or irrational person; a nut: When the FBI first looked into him, they thought he was a harmless screwball.
Baseball. a pitched ball that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was thrown, in a trajectory opposite to that of a curve ball: Has the once popular screwball vanished completely from the major leagues?
adjective
Slang. eccentric or irrational; nutty: What a screwball idea!
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Origin of screwball

First recorded in 1865–70; in 1935–40 for def. 2; screw + ball1
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British Dictionary definitions for screwball

screwball
/ (ˈskruːˌbɔːl) slang, mainly US and Canadian /

noun
an odd or eccentric person
adjective
odd; zany; eccentric
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