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Origin of freak

1
First recorded in 1555–65; 1965–70 for def. 6; perhaps akin to Old English frīcian “to dance”

Other definitions for freak (2 of 2)

freak2
[ freek ]
/ frik /

verb (used with object)
to fleck, streak, or variegate: great splashes of color freaking the sky.
noun
a fleck or streak of color.

Origin of freak

2
Apparently introduced by Milton in Lycidas (1637), perhaps as blend of freck to mark with spots (perhaps back formation from freckle) and streak
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How to use freak in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for freak (1 of 2)

freak1
/ (friːk) /

noun
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
verb

Word Origin for freak

C16: of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for freak (2 of 2)

freak2
/ (friːk) rare /

noun
a fleck or streak of colour
verb
(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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