1. (US campus) an exceptional student.
|Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 19: freak n. A student who is exceptionally proficient in a given subject.|
|DN II:i 36: freak, n. A student who is exceptionally proficient in a given subject.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
2. (US, also freako) an offensively eccentric or crazy person.
|Bird o’ Freedom 1 Jan. 3/2: To my great sorrow and indignation, this scrumptious symphony in cheap serge was accompanied by a male freak, who looked as if his mother had bought him ready made at a Christmas bazaar at so much a foot.|
|Marvel XIV:358 2: Look here, you bearded freak.|
|Grey River Argus (NZ) 28 Dec. 7/3: The t‘ar baby’ knocked him out in sixteen rounds [...] while he got two newspaper decisions against the coloured freak.|
|‘Mutt and Jeff’ [comic strip] In bed with your clothes on, eh? Up to the attic for you, you freak.|
|Third Round 574: Old goodman is a pretty fair freak, but he does wash.|
|Right Ho, Jeeves 189: Gussie, [...] now doubtless looked upon in the neighbourhood as the world’s worst freak.|
|Sudden Takes the Trail 143: Curious is puttin’ it mild – yo’re a freak.|
|Sel. Letters (1992) 190: The Lake District was quite pretty, but loused up with numerous freaks tricked out in the cast off clothes of the AEF.letter 1 Oct. in Thwaite|
|Big Smoke 96: Suddenly a billy-cart screeched at his nerves, and he jerked around to see it, driven by a nine-year-old freak in goggles.|
|Last Exit to Brooklyn (1966) 18: Dont touch me Harry, you big freak.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 11: Porky was just a fat freak with good dope.|
|Twits (1982) 69: Those two fearful frumptious freaks eat Bird Pie every week for supper!|
|Homeboy 107: I meant the little space freak.|
|Indep. Rev. 20 July 8: Hello freako! I hear you say.|
|Guardian Rev. 14 Jan. 5: A white freak taking out whites.|
|Hilliker Curse 4: A neutral parent would have cropped out the freako little boy.|
3. an obsession.
|Confessions of a Detective 136: Inspector Val examined track after track, to make certain that Settle, in some crazy or criminal freak, had not maneuvered a return by walking backward.|
|letter 8 Sept. in Leader (2000) 291: What’s this freaka windbreaka freak about finding out whether [Pee Wee] Russell’s alive or dead?|
|Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test (1969) 13: Freak referred to styles and obsessions, as in ‘Stewart Brand is an Indian freak’ or ‘the zodiac—that’s her freak’.|
4. an obsessive; usu. in comb. (see -freak sfx).
|Mr Sponge’s Sporting Tour 22: The old ladies [...] alone looked on the hound freak with other than feelings of approbation.|
|implied at -freak sfx|
|Ladies’ Man (1985) 50: I was no freak for money.|
|(con. 1975) Times Square 277: He’s a freak for booze.|
|Hip-Hop Connection Dec. 13: I’m a freak for beats.|
5. (US campus) a fool.
|DN II:i 36: freak, n. Fool, blockhead.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|Sporting Times 1 Aug. 1/4: To bestow ’er fickle smiles an’ ’er false kisses on a freak / Who’ll be comin’ into money after Christmas.‘The Lure of the Lucre’|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 3: freak – loser.|
6. a person.
|Shorty McCabe 39: He was a tall, skinny old freak, with a dyed mustache.|
7. one who enjoys non-standard sexual practices.
|Impromptu 33: It was understood that the ‘heavies,’ being less in demand, had to entertain the rough men, the freaks, and those that were so drunk that they were hard to handle [HDAS].|
|Sister of the Road (1975) 178: The big money is in the ‘queer’ guys. And what freaks some of ’em are!|
|Call Girl 132: What do you mean so-called respectable members of society? they’re the worst freaks (perverts) of all.|
|Syndicate (1998) 109: I labeled you a pantie freak.|
|Serial 25: He was just your ordinary sadomasochist freak.|
|Glitz 151: She decides to do some business there and gets a freak wants to ball her hanging off the fucking balcony or some fucking thing.|
|Love Is a Racket 241: You want to watch me masturbate? You want to pee on me or something? You a freak . . . ’cause that costs more.|
|No Paltry Thing 200: That’s the kind of pain-freak you don’t want to hang out with in your golden years.|
|? (Pronounced Que) [ebook] He continued to piss in her face [...] she was actually enjoying it. The bitch is a freak! Shameeq thought.|
8. an impotent man.
|Man with the Golden Arm 28: The years of boozing would betray him and he would succeed only in showing her what a freak she had.|
9. (orig. US black) an effeminate man, a male homosexual.
|Homosexual in America 104: Best known among these words are fairy [...] freak.|
|Get Your Ass in the Water (1974) 148: Jim, you talk about freaks, man, they was there, / bulldaggers and punks from almost everywhere.|
|Q&A 155: Don’t put the knock on the gay freak squad.|
|Life and Times of Little Richard 194: They called you ‘sissy’ back then. Or ‘freak.’ Or ‘faggot’.|
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 198: I had always called gays ‘sissies’ and ‘freaks’.|
|Westsiders 59: Santa Monica Boulevard, where all the gays clubs and bars are. ‘Freaktown’ is what Silas calls it.|
10. (US black, also freakette) a woman, usu. sexually aggressive and adventurous.
|AS XXX:4 302: crazy freak [...] Girl, usually pretty. Often used to refer to a woman of loose morals. ‘That chick is a real cool freak.’.‘Wayne University Sl.’|
|‘Duriella du Fontaine’ in Life (1976) 45: When from the side, with a sexy stride, / Came a broad that looked like some boss freak.et al.|
|After Hours 22: The li’l black freak that was behind the bar looped around.|
|Fort Apache, The Bronx 155: She was a freak, all right, a hot little mama after all.|
|(con. 1985–90) In Search of Respect 291: If I was a girl, I’d be a freak [nymphomaniac]; but I’d make the niggas pay.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 185: I’d love to blow some of this candy and go Rick James on her ass. Get freaky with the freakette.|
|Night Gardener 68: Her eyes were lively and told him that she’d be a freak in bed.|
|What It Was 115: I got a freak waitin on me in the car.(con. 1972)|
11. a piece of bad luck.
|Sweet Daddy 12: What the hell, this bust was a freak.|
12. (orig. US) a young person devoted to the ‘counter-culture’ or ‘alternative society’; by extension, a drug user [like many parallel usages on the bad = good model, the young people in question adopted the name, which is synon. with ‘extreme hippie n.2 (3)’, after they had been branded as ‘freaks’ by their critics].
|inSubterraneans [film script] This neighborhood’s filled with freaks – artists and bums [HDAS].|
|Oz 7 28/2: Long-haired ‘freaks’ and minimally dressed ‘teenyboppers’.|
|Mean Streets [film script] 2: A longhaired ‘freak’ is about to shoot up.|
|Bk of Jargon 341: freak: One who uses drugs, particularly the hallucinogens or marijuana, as an important aspect of his life, and/or adheres to the associated life-style and manners.|
|Happy Like Murderers 151: Bikers, druggies, drongos, pseuds, freaks and students.|
13. (US campus) an unattractive person.
|CUSS 121: Freak An ugly person.et al.|
14. a lesbian; a prostitute who deals with lesbian clients.
|Black Players 42: Women who have lesbian tendencies or who cater to lesbians are called freaks.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 161: Expressions like real women for a heterosexual woman and freak for a lesbian are terms used among women.|
|Central Sl. 49: straight freak A lesbian who takes the male part.|
15. (US campus) an extremely beautiful, good-looking woman, usu. but not always a member of one’s own peer group.
|Campus Sl. Mar.|
|Da Bomb [Internet] 11: Freak or Freaky: [...] 2. Gorgeous woman.|
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] freak n. 1. a very good looking female.|
(US black teen) an eccentric, an obsessive, a freak; also as adj.
|Campus Sl. Sept. 3: freakazoid – person involved in the ‘new wave’.|
|Spy July/Aug. 15: But of the more serious allegation — being a total freakazoid — Jacko seems guilty as charged.|
|Sl. and Sociability 36: Slang words formed by clipping sounds from the beginning of the word are [...] zoid ‘fan of punk rock music and styles’, from freakazoid.|
|Reply to Letter 8 Nov. on Amer. Homebody [Internet] We’re not sure if he’s a freakazoid Libertarian, a stodgy old Republican, or a crusty Dem.|
|Fortress of Solitude 144: What passed for an entorage, a couple of freakazoid chicks.|
|In the Dark 102: ‘They used to call me freakazoid.’ ‘Freakazoid?’ ‘Freak, for short’.|
|Slayer Sl. 179: It’s not every day you find out you’re a werewolf: that’s fairly freaksome.‘Phases’ 27 Jan. episode of TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Adams|
|USA Today 23 Dec. 04D: Among other terms: ‘vague,’ as in ‘Can you vague that up?’ (sarcastically, be more precise); [...] and ‘freaksome,’ as in ‘That’s fairly freaksome’ (bizarre).|
|My Side of the Story 211: Anyway, what’s coming up here is basically totally freaksome.|
(US prison) a pornographic book.
|On the Yard (2002) 108: Give your north and south a rest so I can read this freak book.|
(US campus) an attractive man.
|eye mag. 8 July [Internet] She thought he was a bit of all right, a bitch magnet, a real hootchie freak daddy flyboy rack smasher, but now she felt herself dreaming of putting him on a tight leash.‘A dirty little story’ in|
see separate entries.
(US black) a pornographic magazine.
|Makes Me Wanna Holler (1995) 200: I [...] stopped cruising through freak magazines that would get me upset.|
(US campus) an attractive woman, with overtones of sluttishness.
|‘Hoes’ [lyrics] I am lookin’ for a freak mama take me there yeah.|
(US) sexually exciting and poss. perverse.
|Hope College ‘Dict. of New Terms’ [Internet] freak nasty n. A person of either gender who has little or no dancing ability and yet proceeds to freak a member of the opposite sex.|
|advicechick.com 8 Nov. [Internet] The other woman [...] is responsible for doing all of the freak nasty shit the lil woman won’t.|
|Divide & Conquer 19: Regardless of her freaknasty ways, Tony wasn't going to let Jim tell him who he should or shouldn't have feelings fo.|
perverted or otherwise out of the ordinary sex.
|Cross of Lassitude 299: Remember how gettin’ someone into a coat closet was a freak party, and a little bit of hand action – that was really something!|
|(con. 1945) Gather Together In My Name 160: Clara runs a straight house. No three-way girls and no freak parties.|
see acid rock under acid n.1
a sexual display or performance, usu. of unorthodox sex.
|CUSS 121: Freak show A wild party.et al.|
|Dopefiend (1991) 12: If you want to watch a freak show, lay it out.|
|Pimp’s Rap 63: The guerilla cop and his light-skin stallion made an exit after the freak show.|
|Crooked Little Vein 59: Did you read what these people do to themselves? It’s a freakshow.|
|Pulp Ink [ebook] Lysandra hated her clients [...] Freakshows she called them, though she had special nicknames for the real weirdos.‘This Little Piggy’ in|
see under trick n.1
1. (US) to get into a particular mood, usu. with ref. to sex.
|Campus Sl. Apr. 4: get someone’s freaks on – date, woo, court: ‘Mario is trying to get his freaks on with Schawanda’.|
|Everybody Smokes in Hell 155: I’m trying ta git my titty-bar freak on.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 242: I don’t want to dry-fuck your bitch up the ass [...] But I’m gonna have to get my freak on till she tells me where she put a certain very important something she stole.|
|Atomic Lobster 183: He may be rich but he still likes to get his freak on.|
|Lives Laid Away [ebook] Royal Oak was once a funky little upper-middle-class hippy enclave [...] where aging white liberals could get their ‘freak’ on.|
2. to enjoy sexual eccentricities.
|Dirty South 84: You could be a rapist. A psycho. You might be one of those people who get their freak on in a weird way.|
|Vegan Freak 57: We also know that you need to get your freak on and all that, and we’d never want to deny you the many pleasures that human sexuality can offer .|