from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Baseball A screwball.


Shortening and alteration of screwball.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


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  • Screwball is good, as is the curve,
    So too the slider, even the slurve
    But not silly "scroogie."
    It sounds fake and kludgy,
    A childish word that will not serve.

    The Olde Game is graceful and poetic
    As imbued with art as it is athletic.
    A "scroogie," indeed!
    It makes the ears bleed
    And besmirches the baseball aesthetic.

    June 3, 2014