freak

Freak is a not-so-nice noun that refers to either a person who expresses such an intense obsession with something that it resembles addiction, or a person or animal that is monstrous and deformed.

Synonyms for freak, when used to describe something or something abnormal, include anomaly, chimera, misshape, and oddity. Weirdo is slang for freak, and regular is its antonym. People who ardently adore a particular type of music, like heavy metal, or who have many piercings or identify with a subculture, are often labeled freak. A freak occurrence, on the other hand, is not necessarily a bad thing, but connotes something irregular or unexpected. A freak of nature can lead to thunder-snow, and a freak accident can lead to, well, a missing ear or toe.

Definitions of freak
  1. noun
    a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
    synonyms: lusus naturae, monster, monstrosity
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    types:
    leviathan
    the largest or most massive thing of its kind
    type of:
    mutant, mutation, sport, variation
    (biology) an organism that has characteristics resulting from chromosomal alteration
  2. noun
    someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction
    “a bodybuilding freak
    synonyms: addict, junkie, junky, nut
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    types:
    gym rat
    someone who spends all leisure time playing sports or working out in a gymnasium or health spa
    type of:
    enthusiast, partisan, partizan
    an ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity
  3. verb
    lose one's nerve
    “When he saw the accident, he freaked out”
    synonyms: freak out, gross out
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    type of:
    panic
    be overcome by a sudden fear
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