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 BarthAnd how about tarantulas? Can they kill you? And what about those freaking scorpions they'd heard about? Joseph WambaughIt's not that Indian pipe … is so rare, because it isn't. It's just freaking cool … Caleb RoundsWhat in the freaking hell is that all about? Michael Kelly

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That’s another way of saying there are a freaking ton of jellyfish in the ocean. Tom Mcnamara, Popular Science, 3 Dec. 2020 That warmed my heart to hear from such a freaking talented actor. Sydney Bucksbaum,, 17 June 2020

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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 9 Dec. 2022.

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