Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “screwball”

screwball

noun [C] uk   /ˈskruː.bɔːl/ us    /-bɑːl/

screwball noun [C] (PERSON)

mainly US informal a person who behaves in a strange and funny wayStrange, suspicious and unnatural things and people

screwball noun [C] (BALL)

US a ball that is thrown during a baseball game so that it curves to one sideBaseball and roundersGeneral terms used in ball sports

screwball

adjective uk   /ˈskruː.bɔːl/ us    /-bɑːl/ mainly US
used to describe a type of film, etc. in which there are funny characters and silly situations: a screwball comedy
(Definition of screwball from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of screwball?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “screwball” in other dictionaries

Translations of “screwball”

Word of the Day

bitter

a type of dark brown beer with a bitter taste

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More