freakish 1650s, "capricious," from FREAK (Cf. freak) + -ISH (Cf. -ish). Related: Freakishly; freakishness. Meaning "grotesque" is recorded from 1805.

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  • Freakish — Freak ish, a. Apt to change the mind suddenly; whimsical; capricious. [1913 Webster] It may be a question whether the wife or the woman was the more freakish of the two. L Estrange. [1913 Webster] Freakish when well, and fretful when she s sick.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • freakish — index irregular (not usual), prodigious (amazing), unaccustomed Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • freakish — [adj] abnormal, unusual aberrant, arbitrary, bizarre, capricious, crazy, erratic, fantastic, far out, freaky, grotesque, malformed, monstrous, odd, outlandish, outré, preternatural, queer, strange, unconventional, vagarious, wayward, weird,… …   New thesaurus

  • freakish — [frēk′ish] adj. 1. full of or characterized by freaks; whimsical; capricious 2. having the nature of a freak; odd; queer freakishly adv. freakishness n …   English World dictionary

  • freakish — freakishly, adv. freakishness, n. /free kish/, adj. 1. queer; odd; unusual; grotesque: a freakish appearance. 2. whimsical; capricious: freakish behavior. [1645 55; FREAK1 + ISH1] * * * …   Universalium

  • freakish — [[t]fri͟ːkɪʃ[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n Something that is freakish is remarkable because it is not normal or natural. ...his freakish voice varying from bass to soprano …   English dictionary

  • freakish — UK [ˈfriːkɪʃ] / US [ˈfrɪkɪʃ] adjective not normal or natural a freakish sense of humour freakish weather …   English dictionary

  • freakish — freak•ish [[t]ˈfri kɪʃ[/t]] adj. 1) unusual; odd; grotesque: a freakish appearance[/ex] 2) whimsical; capricious: freakish changes[/ex] • Etymology: 1645–55 freak′ish•ly, adv. freak′ish•ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • freakish — adjective Date: 1653 1. whimsical, capricious 2. markedly strange or abnormal < freakish appearance > • freakishly adverb • freakishness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • freakish — freak|ish [ˈfri:kıʃ] adj very unusual and strange, and sometimes frightening = ↑weird ▪ freakish weather >freakishly adv >freakishness n [U] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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