- a person who has withdrawn from normal, rational behavior and activities to pursue one interest or obsession: a drug freak.
- a devoted fan or follower; enthusiast: a baseball freak.
- a hippie.
verb (used with or without object)
- to enter into or cause a period of irrational behavior or emotional instability, as under the influence of a drug: to be freaked out on LSD.
- to lose or cause to lose emotional control from extreme excitement, shock, fear, joy, despair, etc.: Seeing the dead body freaked him out.
Origin of freak1
verb (used with object)
Origin of freak2
Examples from the Web for freak
Really, is it any wonder that fluoride should freak people out?
And in a culture as paranoid as ours, we freak out about them all the time.Valerie Jarrett, Obama Consigliere—and Democracy Killer|James Poulos|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After her husband dies in a freak accident, Regal moves to Tel Aviv.
Freak Show, then, by its very name should be his crowning achievement.
American Horror Story: Freak Show, it seems, is a revenge tale.
In short, Hare's view of the average American is now such an anachronism as to entitle him fairly to be called a freak.A Year in Europe|Walter W. Moore
The freak memory is not worth striving for, but a good working memory decidedly is.The Art of Public Speaking|Dale Carnagey (AKA Dale Carnegie) and J. Berg Esenwein
He was afterwards heartily ashamed of this freak, which he wonders he could ever have been guilty of.
“It must have been the freak of some Indian hunter,” said Ned, examining the rock on which the little flag-staff was raised.The Golden Dream|R.M. Ballantyne
His visitor had seemed so genuinely interested, and, above all, had treated him like a rational human being instead of a freak.Shavings|Joseph C. Lincoln
- an object, event, etc, that is abnormal or extremely unusual
- (as modifier)a freak storm
Word Origin for freak
Word Origin for freak
1560s, "sudden turn of mind," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Old English frician "to dance" (not recorded in Middle English, but the word may have survived in dialect) [OED, Barnhart], or perhaps from Middle English frek "bold, quickly," from Old English frec "greedy, gluttonous" (cf. German frech "bold, impudent").
Sense of "capricious notion" (1560s) and "unusual thing, fancy" (1784) preceded that of "strange or abnormal individual" (first in freak of nature, 1847; cf. Latin lusus naturæ, used in English from 1660s). The sense in health freak, ecology freak, etc. is attested from 1908 (originally Kodak freak, a camera buff). Freak show attested from 1887.
"change, distort," 1911, from freak (n.). Earlier, "to streak or fleck randomly" (1630s). Related: Freaked; freaking.