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freak1

[freek] /frik/
noun
1.
any abnormal phenomenon or product or unusual object; anomaly; aberration.
2.
a person or animal on exhibition as an example of a strange deviation from nature; monster.
3.
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.
4.
Numismatics. an imperfect coin, undetected at the mint and put into circulation.
5.
Philately. a stamp differing from others of the same printing because of creases, dirty engraving plates, etc.
Compare error (def 8), variety (def 8).
6.
Slang.
  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 a person who has withdrawn from normal, rational behavior and activities to pursue one interest or obsession: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.
7.
Archaic. capriciousness; whimsicality.
adjective
8.
unusual; odd; irregular:
a freak epidemic.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
9.
to become or make frightened, nervous, or wildly excited:
The loud noise caused the horse to freak.
Verb phrases
10.
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.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; 1965-70 for def 6; perhaps akin to Old English frīcian to dance
Synonyms
3. vagary, quirk, crotchet.
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British Dictionary definitions for freaking out

freak1

/friːk/
noun
1.
a person, animal, or plant that is abnormal or deformed; monstrosity
2.
  1. an object, event, etc, that is abnormal or extremely unusual
  2. (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
verb
6.
See freak out
Word Origin
C16: of obscure origin

freak2

/friːk/
noun
1.
a fleck or streak of colour
verb
2.
(transitive) to streak with colour; variegate
Word Origin
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 freaking out

freak

n.

1560s, "sudden turn of mind," of unknown origin, perhaps related to Old English frician "to dance" (not recorded in Middle English, but the word may have survived in dialect) [OED, Barnhart], or perhaps from Middle English frek "bold, quickly," from Old English frec "greedy, gluttonous" (cf. German frech "bold, impudent").

Sense of "capricious notion" (1560s) and "unusual thing, fancy" (1784) preceded that of "strange or abnormal individual" (first in freak of nature, 1847; cf. Latin lusus naturæ, used in English from 1660s). The sense in health freak, ecology freak, etc. is attested from 1908 (originally Kodak freak, a camera buff). Freak show attested from 1887.

v.

"change, distort," 1911, from freak (n.). Earlier, "to streak or fleck randomly" (1630s). Related: Freaked; freaking.

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Slang definitions & phrases for freaking out

freak

noun
  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)
verb
  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)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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