a person or animal on exhibition as an example of a strange deviation from nature.
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.
Numismatics. an imperfect coin, undetected at the mint and put into circulation.
Archaic. capriciousness; whimsicality.
to become or to make (someone) insane or out of control, as a result of being frightened, wildly excited, or high on drugs: Mom'll freak if she ever finds out we threw that party when she was out of town.The loud noise freaked the horses just as they were being loaded into trailers.
freak out, Slang. See entry at freakout.
Other definitions for freak (2 of 2)
to fleck, streak, or variegate: great splashes of color freaking the sky.
a fleck or streak of color.
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How to use freak in a sentence
Hey, whatever keeps those lecherous freaks from sexually assaulting humans is fine by us.Zebra Finches, Dolphins, Elephants, and More Animals Under the Influence | Bill Schulz | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At best you might be tolerated and ignored, often compartmentalized as “geeks” or “freaks”; and at worst you are openly ridiculed.
She also knows Seth from doing The Interview and Freaks and Geeks.Inside the Mind of ‘The League’s Rafi: Jason Mantzoukas and Seth Rogen on TV’s Craziest Dude | Marlow Stern | September 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Some wear little clothing at all—this really freaks people out—to express our joy at being created beautiful, sexual creatures.
Cheerleaders fall in love with freaks, jocks aspire to be indie musicians, and relationships are in a constant state of flux.In Praise of ‘Awkward’: OMFG MTV, Like, Really Gets High School | Amy Zimmerman | June 20, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
There is no accounting for the freaks of these military Americanos, so I went to my bed.Boy Scouts in the Philippines | G. Harvey Ralphson
Her fancies and freaks it was beyond the power of the most astute of her ministers to predict or to comprehend.History of the Rise of the Huguenots | Henry Baird
To an unaccustomed eye from below he might have been a part of nature's freaks among the sand rocks.The Way of an Indian | Frederic Remington
She's Mar-ston's daughter, all right, and her father understands how erratic she is and makes allowances for her freaks.Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
But freaks of this sort had little real weight beside the steady support which the Queen gave to the Primate in his work of order.History of the English People | John Richard Green
British Dictionary definitions for freak (1 of 2)
a person, animal, or plant that is abnormal or deformed; monstrosity
an object, event, etc, that is abnormal or extremely unusual
(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 specified: a jazz freak
See freak out
British Dictionary definitions for freak (2 of 2)
a fleck or streak of colour
(tr) to streak with colour; variegate
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