[freek] /frik/
any abnormal phenomenon or product or unusual object; anomaly; aberration.
a person or animal on exhibition as an example of a strange deviation from nature; monster.
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.
Philately. a stamp differing from others of the same printing because of creases, dirty engraving plates, etc.
Compare error (def 8), variety (def 8).
  1. a person who has withdrawn from normal, rational behavior and activities to pursue one interest or obsession:
    a drug freak.
  2. a devoted fan or follower; enthusiast:
    a baseball freak.
  3. a hippie.
Archaic. capriciousness; whimsicality.
unusual; odd; irregular:
"a freak epidemic."
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
to become or make frightened, nervous, or wildly excited:
"The loud noise caused the horse to freak."
Verb phrases
freak out, Slang.
  1. to enter into or cause a period of irrational behavior or emotional instability, as under the influence of a drug:
    to be freaked out on LSD.
  2. to lose or cause to lose emotional control from extreme excitement, shock, fear, joy, despair, etc.:
    Seeing the dead body freaked him out.
1555–65; 1965–70 for def 6; perhaps akin to Old English frīcian to dance
3. vagary, quirk, crotchet.
British Dictionary definitions for freaked out
freak1 (friːk)
1.  a person, animal, or plant that is abnormal or deformed; monstrosity
2.  a.  an object, event, etc, that is abnormal or extremely unusual
 b.  (as modifier): a freak storm
3.  a personal whim or caprice
4.  informal a person who acts or dresses in a markedly unconventional or strange way
5.  informal a person who is obsessed with something specified: a jazz freak
6.  See freak out
[C16: of obscure origin]

freak2 (friːk)
1.  a fleck or streak of colour
2.  (tr) to streak with colour; variegate
[C17: from earlier freaked, probably coined by Milton, based on streak1 + obsolete freckt freckled; see freckle]

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Word Origin and History for freaked out
1560s, "sudden turn of mind," perhaps related to O.E. frician "to dance" (not recorded in M.E., but the word may have survived in dialect), or perhaps from M.E. frek "bold, quickly," from O.E. frec "greedy, gluttonous." Sense of "capricious notion" (1560s) and "unusual thing, fancy" (1784) preceded that in freak of nature (1847). The sense in health freak, ecology freak, etc. is attested from 1908. The verb meaning "change, distort" goes back to 1911.
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  1. A strange or eccentric person (1891+)
  2. An expert; specialist; very good student (1895+ College students)
  3. A devotee or enthusiast; buff, fan (1908+)
  4. A male homosexual : ''Freak'' is a homosexual (1940s+ Jazz musicians)
  5. hippie (1960s+)
  6. An attractive person (1990s+ Teenagers)
  1. To behave strangely and disorientedly as if intoxicated by a psychedelic drug; freak out : His publisher for the last two books ''sort of freaked'' when they got a look at this one (1960s+)
  2. (also freak off) To do violent and deviant sex acts (1960s+ Prostitutes)

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