/skrooh"bawl'/, n.
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.
3. Slang. eccentric or whimsically eccentric: What a screwball idea!
[1865-70; 1935-40 for def. 2; SCREW + BALL1]

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