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freakish

[free-kish] /ˈfri kɪʃ/
adjective
1.
queer; odd; unusual; grotesque:
a freakish appearance.
2.
whimsical; capricious:
freakish behavior.
Origin of freakish
1645-1655
1645-55; freak1 + -ish1
Related forms
freakishly, adverb
freakishness, noun
unfreakish, adjective
unfreakishly, adverb
unfreakishness, noun
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  • Still the subject was ridiculed by the newspapers and looked upon as freakish by the masses.

    History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard
  • That is why we feel that Freak Dinners would not even be freakish.

    Alarms and Discursions G. K. Chesterton
  • The Scottish Brownie formed a class of being distinct in habit and disposition from the freakish and mischievous elves.

  • His horse plunged, freakish from his long rest in the stable.

    The Man Who Wins Robert Herrick
  • freakish chance had timed that interruption to halt him on the very brink of success.

    Stepsons of Light Eugene Manlove Rhodes
British Dictionary definitions for freakish

freakish

/ˈfriːkɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, related to, or characteristic of a freak; abnormal or unusual
2.
unpredictable or changeable: freakish weather
Derived Forms
freakishly, adverb
freakishness, noun
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Word Origin and History for freakish
adj.

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

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