Freak. n.s. [frech, German, saucy, petulant; fræc, Saxon, fugitive.]
- A sudden and causeless change of place.
- 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. Swift.