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[free-kish] /ˈfri kɪʃ/
queer; odd; unusual; grotesque:
a freakish appearance.
whimsical; capricious:
freakish behavior.
Origin of freakish
1645-55; freak1 + -ish1
Related forms
freakishly, adverb
freakishness, noun
unfreakish, adjective
unfreakishly, adverb
unfreakishness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for freakish
  • The real humanitarian fiasco is not the inadequate preparation of these nations, and many others, for freakish catastrophes.
  • They find themselves inadequate so they attempt to compensate with freakish behaviors in the name of self expression.
  • And their pretensions at seriousness have looked freakish and comical for quite some time now.
  • Indeed, it is somewhat freakish, and musicians usually have no idea how to exploit such a phenomenon to its best advantage.
  • He was freakish in terms of his natural abilities too.
  • At best their movie was a curiosity, a freakish piece of juvenilia, and they were glad to be finished with it.
  • The clerks coyly leave freakish and wildly visual large-format volumes out to catch the eye of browsing customers.
  • Start with the freakish number of no-hitters pitchers have tossed this year.
  • Reversal of pressure in the water may be freakish and unpredictable.
British Dictionary definitions for freakish


of, related to, or characteristic of a freak; abnormal or unusual
unpredictable or changeable: freakish weather
Derived Forms
freakishly, adverb
freakishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for freakish

1650s, "capricious," from freak (n.) + -ish. Meaning "grotesque" is recorded from 1805. Related: Freakishly; freakishness.

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