1. to lose psychological control, whether enjoyably or otherwise, as the result of drugs, usu. hallucinogens; usu. as freaking.
|Drugs from A to Z (1970) 97: freak [...] (1) to hallucinate, implying a grotesque, grandiose, perhaps bizarrely beautiful or abnormally horrifying distortion of consciousness.|
|Underground Dict. (1972).|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 4: freak – to act out of control.|
|Rubdown [ebook] I’m not a freak, I just like to freak.|
|Rough Riders 25: She half naked in that robe [...] Kincaid went off, man. The Indian freaked.|
2. (also freak one’s mind) to worry someone, to disturb, to cause severe anxiety (the extent of the disturbance varies totally as to context) (cf. freak out v. (2)).
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 94: You freak me grandpa.|
|Hall of Mirrors (1987) 225: ‘No, no,’ the girl said. ‘It’ll freak him.’.|
|Puberty Blues 59: It freaked me and I ran outside.|
|Campus Sl. Fall 3: freak my mind – have a shocking, puzzling, different mental experience: ‘Talking to that man really freaked my mind’.|
|Keepers of Truth 146: Pete turned his head and listened to the cries. He said, ‘That always freaked me, them animals.’.|
3. to worry, to be worried, to be severely anxious.
|Serial 28: Martha was particularly freaked when she learned [...] that Harvey was now involved with Carol. [Ibid.] 73: Kate and Harvey would have freaked if they knew she was hitching.|
|Campus Sl. Apr. 4: freak – act excessively nervous.|
|Guardian G2 24 Aug. 14: Should we be freaked by these possibly guileless images?|
|Guardian G2 23 Sept. 12: I [...] freaked myself sick with apprehension.|
|Turning (2005) 94: Your parents know you’re here? Yeah. They’re freaking.‘Small Mercies’ in|
|(con. 1980s) Skagboys 448: Molly’s freaked by it [i.e. an anecdote] and Tom chivalrously attempts to distract her.|
4. to act in an emotional, melodramatic manner; thus freaked adj., emotionally overwhelmed.
|Barry McKenzie [comic strip] in Complete Barry McKenzie (1988) 44: They’ll really freak.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 186: The regulars were [...] shrieking and freaking like a strung-out Greek chorus.|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 175: I freaked! Started runnin’ through the projects, yellin’, ‘Pigs after me!’.|
|(con. 1950s–60s) in Little Legs 32: They just freak.|
|Kill Your Darlings 288: Poor Dad. No wonder he was freaked.|
|Destination: Morgue! (2004) 352: He humps homos. [...] The fruitcake Freddies freak.‘Jungletown Jihad’ in|
|Alphaville (2011) 336: ‘Fuck you! I’ve killed people for less!’ ‘Don’t fucking freak, yo, I’ll get you the rest [of the money]’.|
|OG Dad 5: I was shooting Mexican tar [...] freaking when the nurse banged on the door and told me the baby was coming.|
5. (US gay) to be uninhibited, esp. at a party.
|Queens’ Vernacular 85: freak [...] 4. to be delightfully uninhibited; to have an uproarious time at a party.|
6. (US black) to perform.
|Source July 40: The way we write we leave it open so we could freak it a different way next time.|
|A2Z 37/2: They was freakin’ the beats and movin’ the house.et al.|
(US teen) a state of extreme tension.
|Blog Archive 19 Sept. [Internet] Last night I managed to turn what should have been a perfectly lovely evening with beer and pool into a freak attack. Well nobody knew I had a freak attack except me.|