adjective or adverb

freak·​ing ˈfrē-kᵊn How to pronounce freaking (audio) -kiŋ How to pronounce freaking (audio)
US, informal
: damned
used as an intensive
With a really quite commendable effort of will, Fred restrains his impulse to utter some exasperated imprecation and snatch the freaking mouse from his freaking partner to freaking click on Fast Freaking Forward …John Barth
And how about tarantulas? Can they kill you? And what about those freaking scorpions they'd heard about?Joseph Wambaugh
It's not that Indian pipe … is so rare, because it isn't. It's just freaking cool …Caleb Rounds
What in the freaking hell is that all about?Michael Kelly

Examples of freaking in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Music Destiny’s grandchild: Blue Ivy ‘works very freaking hard,’ Kelly Rowland says. Alexandra Del Rosario, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 First birthdays are not for Baby, because Baby has no freaking clue. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2023 Not a single freaking audience member left the theater during the credits. Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone, 13 Oct. 2023 Others show up every weekend, in a different freaking costume, ready to bow and scrape to me and play the part. Mike Klingaman, Baltimore Sun, 18 Sep. 2023 This was so special and so fun and so, so, so freaking delicious. Stephanie Webber, Peoplemag, 26 June 2023 And those were so invaluable, at least for me in my personal life, but also the most fun to do, especially with a freaking genius like Miss Loony over here. Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2023 Holmes hasn’t even served her sentence yet and The New York freaking Times is giving her a head start on her rebrand. Kathleen Newman-Bremang,, 26 May 2023 That potential for beauty in a landscape that is otherwise essentially barren in a non-good year is so freaking cool. Corinne Purtill, Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2023

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Word History


euphemism for frigging or fucking

First Known Use

1928, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of freaking was in 1928

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Cite this Entry

“Freaking.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

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