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Freak (noun)

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Freak. n.s. [frech, German, saucy, petulant; fræc, Saxon, fugitive.]

  1. A sudden and causeless change of place.

  2. A sudden fancy; a humour; a whim; a capricious prank.

    O! but I fear the fickle freaks, quoth she,
    Of fortune, and the odds of arms in field.
    Fairy Queen.

    When that freak has taken possession of a fantastical head, the distemper is incurable. L'Estrange, Fable 100

    She is so restless and peevish that she quarrels with all about her, and sometimes in a freak will instantly change her habitation. Spectator, № 427.

    To vex me more, he took a freak
    To slit my tongue, and make me speak.

Sources: L'Estrange, Roger (131) · Spectator (140) · Spenser, Edmund (254) · Steele, Richard (15) · Swift, Jonathan (306)

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