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freak

Syllabification: freak
Pronunciation: /frēk
 
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Definition of freak in English:

noun

1A very unusual and unexpected event or situation: the teacher says the accident was a total freak [as modifier]: a freak storm
More example sentences
  • The Aral Sea and the tragic plight of its people is not a freak isolated event, but a crisis that's just slightly ahead of its time.
  • Droughts, heat waves, floods, storms and freak weather events have already killed countless thousands of people worldwide and affected thousands more.
  • Now these recent weather conditions are by no means a freak event, and if salmon farms cannot prevent their fish escaping into the wild then the licence to farm should be withdrawn.
Synonyms
anomaly, aberration, rarity, oddity, unusual occurrence;
fluke, twist of fate
unusual, anomalous, aberrant, atypical, unrepresentative, irregular, fluky, exceptional, unaccountable, bizarre, queer, peculiar, odd, freakish;
unpredictable, unforeseeable, unexpected, unanticipated, surprising;
2 (also freak of nature) A person, animal, or plant with an unusual physical abnormality.
Example sentences
  • He was foaled in Indiana, was a mere freak of nature, and withal a very curious looking animal.
  • Abi, being a freak of nature, still has sensation even after doses of epidural that would fell a rhinoceros.
  • A freak of nature, tests had shown he was immune to the TB virus - probably because not even a starving rat would bite him - and he went through adolescence with upper right arm intact.
Synonyms
aberration, abnormality, irregularity, oddity;
monster, monstrosity, mutant;
2.1 informal A person regarded as strange because of their unusual appearance or behavior.
Example sentences
  • Living and working in London you become accustomed to freaks, weirdos and nutters wandering about doing their own thing and occasionally dragging normal people into random conversations.
  • Instead, the documentary comes off as a portrait of a freak with some strange obsessions he's been able to make into a university career.
  • They say it takes all types to make up the world… but if you ask me, there are some strange freaks that we could do without.
Synonyms
3 [with modifier] informal A person who is obsessed with or unusually enthusiastic about a specified interest: a fitness freak
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  • It transpires that cross-country skiing is an earnest activity for fitness freaks, something joggers can do in the snow.
  • Set to address the needs and demands of the fitness freaks, the aesthetically designed and well equipped gym boasts of the best facilities in the City.
  • This is all very well if you are a dedicated fitness freak or yoga girl, but for the majority of us this look simply doesn't work.
Synonyms
3.1 [usually with modifier] informal A person addicted to a drug of a particular kind: the twins were cocaine freaks
More example sentences
  • We weren't these cocaine freaks who partied all the time; that wasn't what our relationship was all about.
  • So, even if you weren't an LSD freak, you had to be careful about the sensitivity of the LSD freak next to you.
  • Now, maybe it's me, but the only people I know who would take that risk are meth freaks or SAS / Delta troopers.
4 archaic A sudden arbitrary change of mind; a whim: follow this way or that, as the freak takes you
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  • Webster's perennial dictionary defines fad as a hobby, freak, or a whim.

verb

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1 informal Behave or cause to behave in a wild and irrational way, typically because of the effects of extreme emotion, mental illness, or drugs: [no object]: I could have freaked out and started smashing the place up [with object]: he freaks guest stars out on show day
More example sentences
  • And I suspect perhaps there are many idiots out there who enjoy seeing innocent people like me get freaked out on a plane trip.
  • Initially, I agreed and everything was going great until she freaked out on me and started telling me that she was still in love with me.
  • I've freaked out on everyone in every band on every tour I've been in.
Synonyms
go crazy, go mad, go out of one's mind, go to pieces, crack, snap, lose control;
panic, become hysterical
informal lose it, lose one's cool, crack up, go ape, go postal
2 [with object] archaic Fleck or streak randomly: the white pink and the pansy freaked with jet

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