phreak

[ freek ]
/ frik /

noun

verb (used without object), phreaked, phreak·ing.

to act as a phone phreak.

verb (used with object), phreaked, phreak·ing.

to tamper with (telephones) as a phone phreak does.

Origin of phreak

1970–75; altered spelling of freak1, copying ph- of phone1

Can be confused

freak phreak
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British Dictionary definitions for phreaking

phreaking

/ (ˈfriːkɪŋ) /

noun

the act of gaining unauthorized access to telecommunication systems, esp to obtain free calls

Word Origin for phreaking

C20: blend of freaking + phone
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