freak Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “freak” in the English Dictionary

"freak" in British English

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uk   us   /friːk/

freak noun (STRANGE)

[C] a thing, ​person, ​animal, or ​event that is ​extremelyunusual or ​unlikely, and not like any other of ​itstype: I was ​born with ​blackhair all over my back, like some ​sort of freak. The ​pearl is so ​big that it has been ​described as a freak of ​nature.humorous At my ​school you were ​considered to be a freak if you weren't ​interested in ​sport.


a health, computer, surf, etc. freak informal someone who is ​extremelyinterested in a ​particularsubject or ​activity

freakverb [I or T]

uk   us   /friːk/ informal
to ​become or ​cause someone to ​becomeextremelyemotional: My ​parents freaked when I told them I was ​pregnant.
Phrasal verbs

freakadjective [before noun]

uk   us   /friːk/
very ​unusual or ​unexpected: She was ​crushed in a freak (= very ​unlikely) accident in a ​cave in France. The ​village was ​destroyed by a freak ​storm.
(Definition of freak from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"freak" in American English

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freakadjective [not gradable]

 us   /frik/ (also freakish,  /ˈfri·kɪʃ/ )

freak adjective [not gradable] (UNUSUAL)

extremelyunusual or ​unlikely: She ​died in a freak ​automobileaccident. A freak midsummer ​hailstormcaught us all by ​surprise.

freaknoun [C]

 us   /frik/

freak noun [C] (ENTHUSIAST)

infml a ​person who is ​enthusiastic about the ​stated thing: My eight-year-old ​grandson is a ​realsports freak. This ​guy is a ​control freak (= ​wants to ​control everything).


someone or something that is ​strange or ​unusual and not like ​others of ​itstype: In my ​school, everyone ​thought you were some ​kind of freak if you didn’t like ​sports.
(Definition of freak from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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