freak

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v freak lose one's nerve "When he saw the accident, he freaked out"
    • n freak someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction "a golf addict","a car nut","a bodybuilding freak","a news junkie"
    • n freak a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Producer Paul Maslansky was on the set of The Right Stuff when a bus from the local police academy rolled up. After a bunch of freaks walked off, a sergeant explained that the mayor had forced the department to loosen its acceptance standards. Not too long afterwards, Police Academy hit the theaters.
    • Freak a rare and unpredictable event; as, the July snowstorm was a freak of nature.
    • Freak A sudden causeless change or turn of the mind; a whim of fancy; a capricious prank; a vagary or caprice. "She is restless and peevish, and sometimes in a freak will instantly change her habitation."
    • Freak an animal or person with a visible congenital abnormality; -- applied especially to those who appear in a circus sideshow.
    • Freak an habitual drug user, especially one who uses psychedelic drugs.
    • v. t Freak frēk To variegate; to checker; to streak. "Freaked with many a mingled hue."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The Roman emperor Commodos collected all the dwarfs, cripples, and freaks he could find in the city of Rome and had them brought to the Coliseum, where they were ordered to fight each other to the death with meat cleavers.
    • n freak A man, particularly a bold, strong, vigorous man.
    • n freak A fellow; more commonly, a petulant young man.
    • n freak A sudden and apparently causeless change or turn of the mind; a wilful whim or vagary; a capricious notion or prank.
    • n freak An abnormal object or production; a strange or curious result of real or apparent vagary: as, a freak of art or of nature.
    • freak To gambol; frolic.
    • freak To variegate; streak or fleck.
    • n freak A splash, fleck, or streak of color.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Freak frēk a sudden caprice or fancy: sport: an abnormal production of nature, a monstrosity
    • v.t Freak frēk to spot or streak: to variegate
    • n Freak a streak of colour
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Quotations

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
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    “Nature is full of freaks, and now puts an old head on young shoulders, and then takes a young heart heating under fourscore winters.”
  • Jimi Hendrix
    Jimi Hendrix
    “When I die, I want people to play my music, go wild and freak out and do anything they want to do.”
  • Madonna
    Madonna
    “I'm anal retentive. I'm a workaholic. I have insomnia. And I'm a control freak. That's why I'm not married. Who could stand me?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to OE. frakin, freken, freckle, Icel. freknur, pl., Sw. fräkne, Dan. fregne, Gr. perkno`s dark-colored, Skr. pṛçni, variegated. Cf. Freckle Freck

Usage

In literature:

All her freaks, her sallies, her absurdities even, were graceful.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
A number of these queer freaks are to be found in Europe.
"Wild Flowers Worth Knowing" by Neltje Blanchan
I dislike such silly freaks.
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
And yet, by what freak of Nature, I found myself continually repeating, had this flower been made to bloom on this soil?
"The Underdog" by F. Hopkinson Smith
And here a strange freak of fate had brought them together in this remarkable way.
"With Trapper Jim in the North Woods" by Lawrence J. Leslie
That is why we feel that Freak Dinners would not even be freakish.
"Alarms and Discursions" by G. K. Chesterton
Retrospection made Andrew Lanning's coming to Los Toros a mad freak, whereas it was in reality a very clever stroke.
"Way of the Lawless" by Max Brand
Suddenly he gets a freak.
"The Mystery" by Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams
The other freaks never noticed but what it was the fat woman until the show was half over.
"Peck's Bad Boy at the Circus" by George W. Peck
Can I forget our freaks at shearing time!
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth" by (Edited by William Knight)
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In poetry:

"He smiles at his freaks of fancy,
If freaks of fancy they seem;
But the tears are wet on his eyelids,
For he still remembers his dream.
"The Painter And The Fairy" by Alexander Anderson
Ther was never a freake wone foot wolde fle,
but still in stour dyd stand,
Heawyng on yche othar, whylle the myghte dre,
With many a balfull brande.
"Chevy-Chase" by Anonymous British
I with these verse freaks I care for,
You with those flights as a poet,
Maybe some day we shall both know the wherefore ;
Maybe we never shall know it.
"Unpublished Poem I" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
Pleased on his various freaks to dwell,
She saw him climb my rustic cell;
Thence eye my lawns with verdure bright,
And seem'd all ravish'd at the sight:
"The Dying Kid" by William Shenstone
How her tresses out and in
Fold in many a curly freak,
Round about the snowy chin
And the softly tinted cheek,
Where no sorrows now can weep,
And the dimples lie asleep.
"Before Sleep" by Archibald Lampman
Beautiful snow! It can do no wrong;
Flying to kiss a fair lady's cheek,
Clinging to lips in frolicksome freak;
Beautiful snow from heaven above,
Pure as an angel, gentle as love!
"Beautiful Snow" by Joseph Warren Watson

In news:

That's right a freaking mannequin .
Illinois State Police Master Sergeant Patrick O'Driscoll killed in 'freak and tragic accident' on Wisconsin's Lake Como.
The death of a top Illinois State Police trooper in what is being described as a freak accident.
If you're a Chinese-food freak and love a good glass of wine, sommelier Nick Liang of Uncle Yu's at the Vineyard is your man.
A true freak of nature and also a buck of a lifetime: Matt Sheterom's Medusa Buck.
JetBlue pilot who had midair freak out found not guilty by Texas judge.
This story freaked me out.
HOW MUCH of a music freak was Stu Green.
Whether we need it or not, there's a new Frankenstein afoot, and it's a freak of nature.
Before you freak out, I'm actually just talking about the name.
Once a year, the streets of New York are returned to the freaks and geeks.
Gadget Freak Case #227: Wearable Pete Cross created the PetInspect gadget to record data on.
Name-calling may not cause the same kind of hurt as sticks and stones – but the common taunts of "freak," "retard," or "sissy" can cut deep.
I'm sure 'Baby Girl' was freaking out when she saw this.
Private Practice star Taye Diggs didn't freak out when wife Idina Menzel went into labor.
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In science:

Freak waves are very large, rare events in a random ocean wave train.
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
The ma jor finding we would like to discuss herein is that as γ and α grow, the nonlinearity becomes more important and the probability of the formation of freak waves increases.
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
From this analysis we expect that large amplitude freak waves (large with respect to their significant height) are more likely to occur when γ and α are both large.
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
Therefore, these sea states are candidates for the occurrence of freak waves.
Freak Waves in Random Oceanic Sea States
Janssen, “Nonlinear four-wave interactions and freak waves” J.
Probability densities and preservation of randomness in wave turbulence
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