freak


freak
freak (n.) 1560s, "sudden turn of mind," of unknown origin, perhaps related to O.E. frician "to dance" (not recorded in M.E., but the word may have survived in dialect) [OED, Barnhart], or perhaps from M.E. frek "bold, quickly," from O.E. frec "greedy, gluttonous" (Cf. Ger. frech "bold, impudent"). Sense of "capricious notion" (1560s) and "unusual thing, fancy" (1784) preceded that of "strange or abnormal individual" (first in freak of nature, 1847; Cf. L. lusus naturæ, used in English from 1660s). The sense in health freak, ecology freak, etc. is attested from 1908 (originally Kodak freak, a camera buff). Freak show attested from 1887. The verb meaning "change, distort" goes back to 1911. Earlier, "to streak or fleck randomly" (1630s).

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