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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  • "I'm not so sure," said Sally, freakishly tossing her head and laughing.

    The Pearl of Orr's Island

    Harriet Beecher Stowe

  • But he abandoned that trend, freakishly, the very next moment.

  • Looked at close-to, it is merely a flimsy building of wood, freakishly architected, and painted an indifferent white.

  • She wrote slowly, freakishly, having her maiden will; and it seemed to me still a week to a letter as she signed.

    The Way of a Man

    Emerson Hough

British Dictionary definitions for freakishly



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 freakishly



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

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