chiefly North American
Definition of screwball in English:
1 Baseball A pitched ball that moves in a direction opposite to that of a curveball.
- You'll learn the rules of offense and defense, and all about fastballs, curveballs, knuckleballs and screwballs.
- The batters had to wait, watch for the spin and break of the screwball.
- ‘The third strike on every one of them,’ Hubbell once recalled, ‘was a screwball.’
2 informal A crazy or eccentric person.
- Even scarier is the prospect of this party coming to anything with the screwballs they have in their ranks.
- By the end of that campaign, he still got 20% of the vote, but apparently some people just like a screwball.
- ‘You guys are a bunch of screwballs!’ the girl said and stomped out of the shop.
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- A Service Pilot in one of my flights north had reported to Operations that I was a crazy, screwball pilot and that he was scared to fly along side me.
- Usually this happens when they say something in a very haughty tone that doesn't make any sense, as though I should have anticipated their screwball question.
- However, the question remains: with all these goofy and screwball side effects, how in the heck did it slip by the radar of the FDA?
1.1Relating to or denoting a style of fast-moving comedy film involving eccentric characters or ridiculous situations.
- Whether it's action films or screwball comedies, most Hollywood movies focus on beautiful young characters.
- An opportunity to create a classic, timeless satire was squandered by going for a cheap attempt to soften the film into a screwball comedy.
- The actor gets to play two characters in this outrageous little comedy, a sort of screwball gangster film.
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- He used unorthodox moves to shake things up, like pinch-hitting left-handed hitting John Milner against southpaw screwballer Tug McGraw.
Words that rhyme with screwballcueball
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