1
: an act or instance of freaking out
2
: a gathering of hippies

Examples of freak-out in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of freak-out was in 1966

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“Freak-out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/freak-out. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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