screwballs

screwball

[skroo-bawl]
noun
1.
Slang. an eccentric or whimsically eccentric person; a nut.
2.
Baseball. a pitched ball that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was thrown.
adjective
3.
Slang. eccentric or whimsically eccentric: What a screwball idea!

Origin:
1865–70; 1935–40 for def 2; screw + ball1

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screwball (ˈskruːˌbɔːl)
 
n
1.  an odd or eccentric person
 
adj
2.  odd; zany; eccentric

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screwball
"eccentric person," 1933, U.S. slang, earlier as a type of erratic baseball pitch (1928), from a still earlier name for a type of bowl in cricket (1866), from screw (n.) + ball. Screwball comedy is attested from 1938.
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