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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).


freke (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


  • Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, 1911, freke
  • Middle English Dictionary, freke