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.

Nearby words

  1. phraseological,
  2. phraseologist,
  3. phraseology,
  4. phrasing,
  5. phratry,
  6. phreaking,
  7. phreatic,
  8. phreatic zone,
  9. phreatophyte,
  10. phren-

Origin of phreak

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

Can be confusedfreak 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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Word Origin and History for phreaking

phreak

n.
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