Screwball vs Goofball - What's the difference?

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Screwball is a see also of goofball.


As nouns the difference between screwball and goofball

is that screwball is (baseball) a pitch thrown with added pressure by the index finger and a twisting wrist motion resulting in a motion to the right when thrown by a right-handed pitcher while goofball is (informal|derogatory) a foolish or silly person.

As adjectives the difference between screwball and goofball

is that screwball is (originally us) crazy, offbeat, bizarre, zany, or weird while goofball is silly.

screwball

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (baseball) A pitch thrown with added pressure by the index finger and a twisting wrist motion resulting in a motion to the right when thrown by a right-handed pitcher.
  • The screwball is not thrown much because it tends to damage pitcher's arms.
  • (US) One who behaves in a crazy manner.
  • I will not listen to this screwball any longer.

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • (originally US) Crazy, offbeat, bizarre, zany, or weird.
  • * 2013 , Tom Shone, Oscar nominations pull a surprise by showing some taste – but will it last?'' (in ''The Guardian , 11 January 2013)[http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/filmblog/2013/jan/11/oscar-nominations-surprise-taste]
  • Also a big hand for Silver Linings Playbook , an exuberant modern screwball comedy we had, in an unseemly fit of cynicism, deemed "too entertaining" for Academy voters.

    Derived terms

    * screwball comedy

    goofball

    English

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (informal, derogatory) A foolish or silly person.
  • If that goofball would put half the effort into her studies as she does into her juggling, she might do very well.
  • (informal) A pill or tablet containing a pharmaceutical which has hypnotic or intoxicating effects, especially a barbiturate.
  • * 1953 April 27, " Capsules," Time :
  • Strong Cobb & Co. of Cleveland announced a new barbiturate which in overlarge doses will turn the stomachs of "goofball " addicts and would-be suicides.

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Silly.
  • He announced, with his usual goofball humor, that he'd like to marry me!

    See also

    * oddball * screwball