freak·​ish | \ ˈfrē-kish How to pronounce freakish (audio) \

Definition of freakish

2 : markedly strange or abnormal freakish appearance

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Other Words from freakish

freakishly adverb
freakishness noun

Examples of freakish in a Sentence

a freakish twist of fate had a freakish roommate in college who once decided to drive all the way to Canada on the spur of the moment
Recent Examples on the Web Maybe the injuries, freakish or otherwise, have thrown them off track. Ken Belson, New York Times, "The New Boss in the N.F.C. West Is Seattle," 2 Nov. 2020 Then the maple leaves turn, the bluebird days give way to freakish weather swings, and your fishing, like the geese, heads south. Popular Science, "A beginner’s guide to catching trout—even in autumn," 26 Oct. 2020 But coronavirus aside, is there any issue more crucial to Americans right now than the life-altering impact of climate change, from the relentless, devastating fires in the West to the freakish sequence of hurricanes battering the Gulf Coast? Stuart Emmrich, Vogue, "Yes, Trump and Biden Will Finally Talk About Climate Change at the Next Presidential Debate," 20 Oct. 2020 On the coasts: a freakish number of devastating hurricanes. CBS News, "For many climate change finally hits home," 18 Oct. 2020 His freakish knee sprain at the bubble was a stark reminder of just how fragile the body can be, even for an elite athlete. oregonlive, "The biological clock on Damian Lillard’s prime is ticking: Trail Blazers season review, look ahead," 15 Oct. 2020 After some awkward negotiations—what’s the protocol when your Airbnb hosts want to crash with you?—the reality of a catastrophic event imposes itself in a series of mysterious explosions that trigger freakish sudden illnesses. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Perpetual Battlefield," 9 Oct. 2020 Authorities and residents in the Santiam Canyon, along the McKenzie River and in Clackamas County were uniformly caught off guard by the freakish speed of the fires' advance, despite clear weather warnings. oregonlive, "Oregon’s historic wildfires: the unprecedented was predictable," 12 Sep. 2020 Of course, silence changes the very nature of the Derby, known for a mix of the raucous and refined, the freakish and fashionable. CBS News, "Kentucky Derby will be unlike any other: "It's going to be weird"," 4 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of freakish

1653, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of freakish was in 1653

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15 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Freakish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of freakish

: very strange or abnormal

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