Definition of freak noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//friːk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//friːk//
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  1. 1(informal) a person with a very strong interest in a particular subject a health/fitness/jazz, etc. freak see also control freak
  2. 2(disapproving) a person who is considered to be unusual because of the way they behave, look or think She was treated like a freak because she didn't want children. He's going out with a real freak.
  3. 3(also freak of nature) (sometimes offensive) a person, an animal, a plant or a thing that is not physically normal
  4. 4a very unusual and unexpected event By some freak of fate they all escaped without injury.
  5. Word Originmid 16th cent. (originally meaning a whim or sudden change of mind): probably from a dialect word.Extra examples By some freak of fate, she won an enormous sum of money. For the real speed freak, there is a 2-litre, fuel-injection version of the car. Her dad is a total control freak. Her dad seems to be a bit of a control freak, always keeping a close watch on what anybody’s doing. I felt a bit of a freak in my strange clothes. I’m such a neat freak that I clean up after other people. Other students regarded him as a freak. The manager described the 8–0 defeat as a freak result. This was no more than a freak of history. What kind of sick freak is this guy? He’s a real fitness freak— he goes to the gym every single day. I wish people wouldn’t stare, as if I were some kind of freak. In the past freaks were shown at fairs. This butterfly is a freak of nature, black and white instead of blue.
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