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freak

noun \ ˈfrēk \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of freak

1 a : a sudden and odd or seemingly pointless idea or turn of the mind
  • you should be able to stop and go on, and follow this way or that, as the freak takes you
  • —R. L. Stevenson
b : a seemingly capricious action or event
  • Through an incredible freak of fate they survived the shipwreck.
2 archaic : a whimsical quality or disposition
3 : one that is markedly unusual or abnormal: such 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
  • a speed freak
c : hippie
d : an atypical postage stamp usually caused by a unique defect in paper (such as a crease) or a unique event in the manufacturing process (such as a speck of dirt on the plate) that does not produce a constant or systematic effect
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.

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Origin and Etymology of freak

origin unknown


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freak

adjective

Definition of freak

: 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

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Origin and Etymology of freak

see 1freak


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freak

verb

Definition of freak

transitive verb
1 : to make greatly distressed, astonished, or discomposed often used with out
  • the news freaked them out
2 : to put under the influence of a psychedelic drug often used with out
intransitive verb
1 : to withdraw from reality especially by taking drugs often used with out
2 : to experience nightmarish hallucinations as a result of taking drugs often used with out
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

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Origin and Etymology of freak

see 1freak


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freak

verb

Definition of freak

transitive verb
: to streak especially with color
  • silver and mother-of-pearl freaking the intense azure
  • —Robert Bridges †1930

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Origin and Etymology of freak

perhaps from or akin to 1freckle



FREAK Defined for English Language Learners

freak

adjective

Definition of freak for English Language Learners

  • : not natural, normal, or likely


FREAK Defined for Kids

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freak

noun \ ˈfrēk \

Definition of freak for Students

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

freakish

adjective

freaky

adjective

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freak

adjective

Definition of freak for Students

: not likely
  • a freak accident

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freak

verb

Definition of freak for Students

freaked; freaking
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 : to become upset often used with out
  • He just freaked out.


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