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  ( freaks    plural & 3rd person present)   ( freaking    present participle)   ( freaked    past tense & past participle  )
1       adj   A freak event or action is one that is a very unusual or extreme example of its type.  
ADJ n  
Weir broke his leg in a freak accident playing golf...     
2       n-count   If you describe someone as a particular kind of freak, you are emphasizing that they are very enthusiastic about a thing or activity, and often seem to think about nothing else.  
INFORMAL   n N   (=fanatic)  
Oat bran became the darling of health freaks last year., freaks.     
    control freak  
3       n-count   People are sometimes referred to as freaks when their behaviour or attitude is very different from that of the majority of people.,   (disapproval)    Not so long ago, transsexuals were regarded as freaks.     
4       n-count   If you refer to someone as a freak, you mean that they are physically abnormal in some way. This use could cause offence.,   (disapproval)    freak out      phrasal verb   If someone freaks out, or if something freaks them out, they suddenly feel extremely surprised, upset, angry, or confused.  
I remember the first time I went onstage. I freaked out completely...      V P  
I think our music freaks people out sometimes...      V n P  
It sort of frightens me. I guess I am kind of freaked out by it.      be V-ed P, Also V P n (not pron)  

control freak        ( control freaks    plural  ) If you say that someone is a control freak, you mean that they want to be in control of every situation they find themselves in.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    aberration, abnormality, abortion, anomaly, grotesque, malformation, monster, monstrosity, mutant, oddity, queer fish     (Brit. informal)   rara avis, sport     (Biology)   teratism, weirdo or weirdie     (informal)  
2    caprice, crotchet, fad, fancy, folly, humour, irregularity, quirk, turn, twist, vagary, whim, whimsy  
3      (slang)   addict, aficionado, buff     (informal)   devotee, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fiend     (informal)   nut     (slang)  
4    aberrant, abnormal, atypical, bizarre, erratic, exceptional, fluky     (informal)   fortuitous, odd, queer, unaccountable, unexpected, unforeseen, unparalleled, unpredictable, unusual  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

freak out v.
suddenly feel surprised,upset,angry,or confused
[US] I remember the first time I went onstage, I freaked out completely.

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