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freaking

[free-king]
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adjective, adverb Slang.
  1. (used as an intensifier).
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Origin of freaking

1965–70; freak1 + -ing2; euphemistically echoing frigging and fucking

freak1

[freek]
noun
  1. any abnormal phenomenon or product or unusual object; anomaly; aberration.
  2. a person or animal on exhibition as an example of a strange deviation from nature; monster.
  3. a sudden and apparently causeless change or turn of events, the mind, etc.; an apparently capricious notion, occurrence, etc.: That kind of sudden storm is a freak.
  4. Numismatics. an imperfect coin, undetected at the mint and put into circulation.
  5. Philately. a stamp differing from others of the same printing because of creases, dirty engraving plates, etc.Compare error(def 8), variety(def 8).
  6. Slang.
    1. a person who has withdrawn from normal, rational behavior and activities to pursue one interest or obsession: a drug freak.
    2. a devoted fan or follower; enthusiast: a baseball freak.
    3. a hippie.
  7. Archaic. capriciousness; whimsicality.
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adjective
  1. unusual; odd; irregular: a freak epidemic.
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to become or make frightened, nervous, or wildly excited: The loud noise caused the horse to freak.
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Verb Phrases
  1. freak out, Slang.
    1. 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.
    2. to lose or cause to lose emotional control from extreme excitement, shock, fear, joy, despair, etc.: Seeing the dead body freaked him out.
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Origin of freak1

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

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freak2

[freek]
verb (used with object)
  1. to fleck, streak, or variegate: great splashes of color freaking the sky.
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noun
  1. a fleck or streak of color.
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Origin of freak2

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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rave, unhinge

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British Dictionary definitions for freaking

freaking

adjective, adverb (prenominal)
  1. slang, mainly US (intensifier)his freaking mother; this is freaking weird
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Word Origin

C20: euphemism for fucking

freak1

noun
  1. 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
  2. a personal whim or caprice
  3. informal a person who acts or dresses in a markedly unconventional or strange way
  4. informal a person who is obsessed with something specifieda jazz freak
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verb
  1. See freak out
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Word Origin

C16: of obscure origin

freak2

noun
  1. a fleck or streak of colour
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verb
  1. (tr) to streak with colour; variegate
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Word Origin

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 freaking

freak

n.

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.

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freak

v.

"change, distort," 1911, from freak (n.). Earlier, "to streak or fleck randomly" (1630s). Related: Freaked; freaking.

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