Word usage question: "freak"

Driving home tonight, listening to Valley Girl started me wondering: was “freak” used as a verb prior to the 1960s?

Merriam-Webster dates it to 1965.

That fits. Thanks.

I thought it went back a lot longer. This is all I can find right now…


The cites quotes 1844 docs that describes drugged out behavior as “the freaks of the subjects.”