fruitcake vs screwball what difference

what is difference between fruitcake and screwball

English

Alternative forms

  • fruit-cake
  • fruit cake

Etymology

From fruit +‎ cake, 1854. Sense of crazy person, 1952 (predated by nutty as a fruitcake, 1914).

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈfɹuːt.keɪk/

Noun

fruitcake (countable and uncountable, plural fruitcakes)

  1. A cake containing dried fruits and, optionally, nuts, citrus peel and spice.
  2. (chiefly US, Canada, Australia, colloquial, derogatory) A crazy or eccentric person.
  3. (US, slang, colloquial, derogatory, dated) A homosexual male.

Translations


Dutch

Etymology

Compound of fruit (fruit) +‎ cake (cake).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈfrœy̯t.keːk/
  • Hyphenation: fruit‧cake

Noun

fruitcake m (plural fruitcakes, diminutive fruitcakeje n)

  1. A fruitcake, cake flavored with fruit.

Hypernyms

  • fruittaart


English

Etymology

screw +‎ ball

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈskɹuːbɔːl/

Noun

screwball (plural screwballs)

  1. (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.
  2. (US) One who behaves in a crazy manner.
    I will not listen to this screwball any longer.

Translations

Adjective

screwball (comparative more screwball, superlative most screwball)

  1. (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)[1]
      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

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