• WordNet 3.6
    • adj screwball foolish; totally unsound "a crazy scheme","half-baked ideas","a screwball proposal without a prayer of working"
    • n screwball a pitch with reverse spin that curves toward the side of the plate from which it was thrown
    • n screwball a whimsically eccentric person
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In literature:

He's a screwball, of course, and I owe you a good solid apology for starting a ruckus.
"Call Him Savage" by John Pollard
A lot of 'em are screwball letters.
"Ghost Beyond the Gate" by Mildred A. Wirt

In poetry:

In between the limits of day,
hours and hours go by under the crew haircuts
and slightly too little nonsensical bachelor twinkle
of the Roman Catholic attendants.
(There are no Mayflower
screwballs in the Catholic Church.)
"Waking in the Blue" by Robert Lowell

In news:

Think of it as a screwball Invasion —wittier at least than the Nicole Kidman version (which, alas, isn't saying much).
Screwball comedy is supposed to be an even-handed battle of the sexes.
UFO Can't Save Screwball Comedy Extraterrestrial .
UFO Can't Save Screwball Comedy Extraterrestrial.
A Delightful Portrait Of The Screwball 'Family Fang'.
Only a screwball wouldn't want to win free movie passes.
The Bard's screwball comedy face plants.
Screwball Hippies think the Marines are coming.
'Veep' premiere: Screwball civics .
Stanley Tucci, director of "Lend Me A Tenor," and Tony Shalhoub and Jan Maxwell, who star in it, discuss the play— a screwball comedy set in the 1930s.
From volcano lightning to landslides, Mother Nature throws some spectacular and scary screwballs our way.
Crime-fighting reporter Clifton Monroe returns for another screwball murder mystery .
Disney Animation takes a page out of Pixar's playbook for "Wreck-It Ralph," a screwball farce with a novel setting and more edge than your average Disney 'toon.
0 An unexpected reunion with his daughter (Genevieve Joy, center) spells screwball trouble for a narcissistic screenwriter (Robert Wuhl) and his girlfriend (Kelly Hare) in Neil Simon's dramatic comedy, "I Ought to Be in Pictures".