screwball

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screwball

1. noun In baseball, a pitched ball that swerves counter to the normal curve of a curveball, that is, in the direction of the side from which it was thrown. He caught the batter off guard with a screwball to strike him out in the final inning.
2. noun, slang A goofy, impulsive, zany, or eccentric person. My uncle has always been something of a screwball in the family, never really fitting in with the rest of us. A lot of people thinks she's just a screwball, but I actually think there's some genius in the unique ways she tackles problems.
3. adjective, slang Goofy, impulsive, zany, or eccentric. The actor became a household name for his iconic roles in a number of screwball comedies during the 1990s. We don't need another one of your screwball ideas, Tom.

screwball

1. n. an eccentric person; a clown or a dunce. (Also a rude term of address.) Tom is such a screwball!
2. n. [in baseball] a (pitched) ball that does not travel in a straight line. Jim threw another screwball, but somehow the batter hit it.
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What I loved about Tower Heist is that although it is essentially a screw-ball comedy it still manages to be topical.
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THIS YEAR MARKS the 70th anniversary of the classic screw-ball comedy "The Awful Truth." Unlike romantic comedy, which accents love, the screwball genre affectionately spoofs it.
In a bumper trading session marked by improving weather, Spanish auds also welcomed Manuel Gomez Pereira's screw-ball comedy "Love Can Seriously Damage Your Health," which delivered $885,000 on 110--the highest debut by a local entry since Fernando Trueba's "Two Much" in 1996 (see story, page 29).