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  • n. A brave man, a warrior, a man-at-arms
  • n. A man, a human being, a person
  • n. A creature such as a giant, demon, angel

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See freak.

Etymologies

From Middle English freke ("a bold man, warrior, man, creature"), from Old English freca ("a bold man, warrior, hero"), from Proto-Germanic *frekô (“an active or eagre man, warrior, wolf”), from Proto-Germanic *frekaz (“active, bold, desirous, greedy”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pereg- (“to shrug, be quick, twitch, splash, blast”). Akin with Old Norse freki ("greedy or avaricious one, a wolf"), Old High German freh ("eager"), Old English frēcne ("dangerous, daring, courageous, bold"). (Wiktionary)

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  • Go not forthe as a dombe freke. — Book of Courtesy, 1475

    From ME freke, from OE freca.
    plural - frekes or freken

    1. A brave man, a warrior, a man-at-arms
    * Þen found he no frekes to fraist on his strenght. — Destruction of Troy, 1540
    * There was never a freke one foot would flee, but still in stour did stand,” — Henry Morley, A Bundle of Ballads, 1891

    2. A man, a human being, a person
    *þes fifti, alle ferliche freken. — St. Katherine of Alexandria, 1225
    *Go not forthe as a dombe freke. — Book of Courtesy, 1475

    3. A creature such as a giant, demon, angel
    *Bringing my love, for Time’s a freke of jealous strain; — Richard F. Burton, The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night, 1885

    December 11, 2011