queer; odd; unusual; grotesque: a freakish appearance.
whimsical; capricious: freakish behavior.

Origin of freakish

First recorded in 1645–55; freak1 + -ish1
Related formsfreak·ish·ly, adverbfreak·ish·ness, nounun·freak·ish, adjectiveun·freak·ish·ly, adverbun·freak·ish·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of freakish

  • That is why we feel that Freak Dinners would not even be freakish.

    Alarms and Discursions

    G. K. Chesterton

  • His horse plunged, freakish from his long rest in the stable.

    The Man Who Wins

    Robert Herrick

  • But on the other side, de la Cloche was freakish and unsettled.

  • I got a picture of a nubile waif, too freakish to fit where she'd been raised.


    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • I may have classed it as a freakish pedantry, the result of an unprecedented memory.

    The Wonder

    J. D. Beresford

British Dictionary definitions for freakish



of, related to, or characteristic of a freak; abnormal or unusual
unpredictable or changeablefreakish weather
Derived Formsfreakishly, adverbfreakishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for freakish

1650s, "capricious," from freak (n.) + -ish. Meaning "grotesque" is recorded from 1805. Related: Freakishly; freakishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper