or freak·out

[ freek-out ]
/ ˈfrikˌaʊt /

noun Slang.

an act or instance of freaking out.
a person who freaks out.

Nearby words

  1. frcvs,
  2. freak,
  3. freak of nature,
  4. freak out,
  5. freak show,
  6. freaking,
  7. freakish,
  8. freakishly,
  9. freaky,
  10. freckle

Origin of freak-out

First recorded in 1965–70; noun use of verb phrase freak out

Origin of freak

1555–65; 1965–70 for def 6; perhaps akin to Old English frīcian to dance

Can be confusedfreak phreak Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for freak out

freak out

verb (adverb)

informal to be or cause to be in a heightened emotional state, such as that of fear, anger, or excitement


/ (friːk) /


a person, animal, or plant that is abnormal or deformed; monstrosity
  1. an object, event, etc, that is abnormal or extremely unusual
  2. (as modifier)a freak storm
a personal whim or caprice
informal a person who acts or dresses in a markedly unconventional or strange way
informal a person who is obsessed with something specifieda jazz freak


Word Origin for freak

C16: of obscure origin


/ (friːk) rare /


a fleck or streak of colour


(tr) to streak with colour; variegate

Word Origin for freak

C17: from earlier freaked, probably coined by Milton, based on streak 1 + obsolete freckt freckled; see freckle

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Word Origin and History for freak out
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with freak out

freak out


Experience or cause to experience hallucinations, paranoia, or other frightening feelings as a result of taking a mind-altering drug. For example, They were freaking out on LSD or some other drug. [Slang; mid-1960s]


Behave or cause to behave irrationally and uncontrollably, with enthusiasm, excitement, fear, or madness. For example, The band's wild playing made the audience freak out, or It was such a close accident, it really freaked me out, or She freaked out and ended up in the psychiatric ward. [Slang; 1960s] Also see flip one's lid; wig out.

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