1) ADJ: ADJ n Screwball comedy is silly and eccentric in an amusing and harmless way. [INFORMAL]

...a remake of a '50s classic screwball comedy.

2) N-COUNT (disapproval) If you say that someone is a screwball, you mean that they do strange or crazy things. [INFORMAL]

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