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.

Primary Meanings of freak

a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed
lose one's nerve
Full Definitions of freak

n a person or animal that is markedly unusual or deformed

lusus naturae, monster, monstrosity
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

n someone who is so ardently devoted to something that it resembles an addiction

“a bodybuilding freak
addict, junkie, junky, nut
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

v lose one's nerve

“When he saw the accident, he freaked out”
freak out, gross out
Type of:
be overcome by a sudden fear

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