screwball

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From screw + ball

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

screwball (plural screwballs)

  1. (baseball) A pitch thrown with added pressure by the index finger and a twisting wrist motion resulting in a motion to the right when thrown by a right-handed pitcher.
    The screwball is not thrown much because it tends to damage pitcher's arms.
  2. (US) One who behaves in a crazy manner.
    I will not listen to this screwball any longer.

Adjective[edit]

screwball (comparative more screwball, superlative most screwball)

  1. (originally US) Crazy, offbeat, bizarre, zany, or weird.
    • 2013, Tom Shone, Oscar nominations pull a surprise by showing some taste – but will it last? (in The Guardian, 11 January 2013)[1]
      Also a big hand for Silver Linings Playbook, an exuberant modern screwball comedy we had, in an unseemly fit of cynicism, deemed "too entertaining" for Academy voters.

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