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freak

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noun \ˈfrēk\

Definition of freak

  1. 1 a :  a sudden and odd or seemingly pointless idea or turn of the mind b :  a seemingly capricious action or event

  2. 2 archaic :  a whimsical quality or disposition

  3. 3 :  one that is markedly unusual or abnormal: as a :  a person or animal having a physical oddity and appearing in a circus sideshow b slang (1) :  a sexual deviate (2) :  a person who uses an illicit drug c :  hippie d :  an atypical postage stamp usually caused by a unique defect in paper (as a crease) or a unique event in the manufacturing process (as a speck of dirt on the plate) that does not produce a constant or systematic effect

  4. 4 a :  an ardent enthusiast <film freaks> b :  a person who is obsessed with something <a control freak>



Examples of freak in a sentence

  1. eccentric, artistic types whom many regarded as freaks

  2. I had a terrible rash on my face, and I felt like a freak.



Origin and Etymology of freak

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1563


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freak

adjective

Simple Definition of freak

  • : not natural, normal, or likely

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of freak

  1. :  having the character of a freak <a freak accident>

Examples of freak in a sentence

  1. He was the victim of a freak accident.

  2. <even weather forecasters seemed surprised by the freak hailstorm>



Circa 1887

First Known Use of freak

circa 1887


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freak

verb

Definition of freak

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make greatly distressed, astonished, or discomposed —often used with out <the news freaked them out>

  3. 2 :  to put under the influence of a psychedelic drug —often used with out

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to withdraw from reality especially by taking drugs —often used with out

  6. 2 :  to experience nightmarish hallucinations as a result of taking drugs —often used with out

  7. 3 a :  to behave irrationally or unconventionally under the influence of drugs —often used with out b :  to react with extreme or irrational distress or discomposure —often used with out

freaked

adjective

freaked–out

adjective


1964

First Known Use of freak

1964


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freak

verb

Definition of freak

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to streak especially with color <silver and mother-of-pearl freaking the intense azure — Robert Bridges †1930>



Origin and Etymology of freak

perhaps from or akin to 1freckle


First Known Use: 1637



FREAK Defined for Kids

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freak

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noun \ˈfrēk\

Definition of freak for Students

  1. :  a strange, abnormal, or unusual person, thing, or event

freakish

adjective

freaky

adjective



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freak

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adjective

Definition of freak for Students

  1. :  not likely <a freak accident>




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freak

verb

Definition of freak for Students

freaked

freaking

  1. 1 :  to make (someone) upset —usually used with out <…the doctors told my parents that someday I'd need hearing aids. I don't know why this always freaked me out a bit… — R.J. Palacio, Wonder>

  2. 2 :  to become upset —often used with out <He just freaked out.>





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