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Definition of fresh

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : having its original qualities unimpaired: such as
(1) : full of or renewed in vigor : refreshed rose fresh from a good night's sleep
(2) : not stale, sour, or decayed fresh bread
(3) : not faded lessons fresh in her memory
(4) : not worn or rumpled a fresh white shirt
b : not altered by processing fresh vegetables
2a : not salt fresh water
b(1) : free from taint : pure fresh air
(2) of wind : moderately strong a fresh breeze
3a(1) : experienced, made, or received newly or anew form fresh friendships
(2) : additional, another a fresh start
b : original, vivid a fresh portrayal
c : lacking experience : raw coming fresh to the job— Helen Howe
d : just come or arrived fresh from school
e : having the milk flow recently established a fresh cow
4 [probably by folk etymology from German frech] : disposed to take liberties : impudent don't get fresh with me
5 slang : fashionable, cool



Definition of fresh (Entry 2 of 3)

: just recently : newly we're fresh out of eggs



Definition of fresh (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : an increased flow or rush (as of water) : freshet
2 archaic : a stream, spring, or pool of fresh water

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Other Words from fresh


freshly adverb
freshness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fresh

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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new, novel, original, fresh mean having recently come into existence or use. new may apply to what is freshly made and unused new brick or has not been known before new designs or not experienced before. starts the new job novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented. a novel approach to the problem original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist. a man without one original idea fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness. a fresh start

Examples of fresh in a Sentence

Adjective You can use either fresh or dried basil for this recipe. The meat was kept fresh in the refrigerator. a bouquet of fresh flowers He changed into a fresh shirt. She brought a fresh change of clothes. She rose fresh from a good night's sleep. Adverb This bread was baked fresh.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective His social circle was mostly other endurance athletes who obsessed about shaving seconds off their race times and curtailed late nights out to be fresh for 5 a.m. workouts. Star Tribune, "When cancer hijacked a new mother's happily ever after, she planned a death as unconventional as her life. A year later, her husband is the father he never expected to be, carrying on her legacy.," 11 Oct. 2020 But the show is as fresh, as ardent, as masterly as a cycle of sonnets, brimming with old anxieties and new life. Jason Farago, New York Times, "Amy Sillman’s Breakthrough Moment Is Here," 8 Oct. 2020 In last season’s opener at Houston, King went head to head with Jalen Hurts, who was fresh off a transfer from Alabama to Oklahoma. David Furones,, "Hurricanes QB D’Eriq King ready to duel Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence," 7 Oct. 2020 She's also watched new restaurants open and bring fresh ideas to the table. Ian Mcnulty,, "New Bywater restaurant Alma combines Honduran roots with next generation's vision," 6 Oct. 2020 And Bristol is fresh off a $74 billion acquisition of Celgene, which closed last year. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Bristol-Myers Squibb Cuts Its Cancer Risk," 6 Oct. 2020 Atlanta United is fresh off a 4-0 rout of D.C. United. ... Julia Poe,, "Orlando City pushes to extend unbeaten streak at Atlanta," 6 Oct. 2020 Players were fresh from a 31-game slate, after all, and the season opener for 2020 was then an unknown prospect. Shannon Russell, The Courier-Journal, "Home work: Louisville basketball's tailor-made strength training sets tone for preseason," 2 Oct. 2020 The premise was fresh, the characters were layered and hilarious, and the writer did a solid job of telling the story. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'When No One Is Watching' Isn't Your Typical Thriller," 1 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Besides killing germs, the cleaner cuts through odors and leaves behind a crisp, pine scent, leaving you with a fresh-smelling home without any worries about your family's wellbeing. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "Pine-Sol Is Now Approved by the EPA to Kill Coronavirus and It's in Stock Now," 15 Sep. 2020 FedEx) courier on a route full of non-stop visual gags and cameos -- including Andre and Lil Jon, a lunch with Patti LaBelle, and a critical plunger delivery to a fresh-faced Killer Mike. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Music Video Artists of All Time: Staff List," 27 Aug. 2020 The ingredients for these fresh-tasting sandwiches will keep a few days in a backpack (stash the kale and avocados near the top so they don’t get crushed). Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, "8 Healthy Sandwiches to Make This Week," 25 Aug. 2020 Best star Todd Chrisley posted a fresh-faced selfie on Instagram that sparked cosmetic surgery rumors. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Fans Flood Todd Chrisley's Latest Instagram With Comments About His Appearance," 21 Aug. 2020 For those of us who appreciate it, this one has plenty -- and a bright fresh-squeezed taste! cleveland, "Ranking 95 lemonades from local grocery stores for National Lemonade Day," 20 Aug. 2020 But the highlight—quite literally—was the subtle lick of light blue eyeshadow Leon matched with her dress, serving as the perfect complement to an otherwise all-natural look that featured a fresh-faced glow and underarm hair. Liam Hess, Vogue, "Lourdes Leon Has the Secret to Laid-Back Vacation Beauty," 18 Aug. 2020 After his brother — played by a fresh-faced Chris Brown — is murdered (another cliche of the genre) at a dance crew battle gone wrong, Short’s character, DJ, goes away to college to get out of trouble. Washington Post, "Not all dance movies are created equal, but these 12 bad ones are still pretty great," 17 Aug. 2020 Lady Gaga shared a fresh-faced selfie Thursday on Instagram to celebrate her nine nominations for the upcoming 2020 MTV Video Music Awards. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga Shares a Bare-Faced Selfie Following Her Leading Nine MTV VMA Nominations," 31 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Every game is important for a South Carolina program fresh off a disappointing 2019. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ranking the seven SEC games on its opening college football weekend," 26 Sep. 2020 Every game is important for a South Carolina program fresh off a disappointing 2019. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ranking the seven SEC games on its opening college football weekend," 26 Sep. 2020 Where in Polsuk's childhood in rural Lampang, the local market was filled with produce fresh-picked from the fields, now refrigeration allows for days-old product to make it into the markets, only to wilt within hours of purchase. Sam Sontag, TheWeek, "Wet markets are essential to Thai cooking. So why are they disappearing?," 20 Sep. 2020 Public school teachers—who entered the pandemic fresh off a years-long push for more resources—are being called back into schools where some classrooms have no windows. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Happy Pandemic Labor Day," 7 Sep. 2020 One interesting option is Atlanta big man John Collins, who, at $4.1 million next season, is a tremendous value for a 22-year-old fresh off averaging 21.6 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Connor Letourneau,, "NBA draft 2020: What will Warriors do at No. 2? They have 3 paths forward," 21 Aug. 2020 Every game is important for a South Carolina program fresh off a disappointing 2019. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Ranking all the games on Week 1 of the SEC football schedule," 18 Aug. 2020 Keeping Rask fresh helped the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup Final last year, though coach Bruce Cassidy thinks the long break cuts into the benefits of his team's net-sharing strategy. Stephen Whyno, Star Tribune, "First-round back-to-backs favor NHL teams with 2 top goalies," 11 Aug. 2020 Mayfield still has promise despite a disappointing second season, and Burrow comes to the NFL fresh off the best season ever by a college quarterback. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Could Baker Mayfield vs. Joe Burrow be as good as these NFL quarterback rivalries from the last 20 years?," 26 June 2020

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First Known Use of fresh


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fresh

Adjective, Adverb, and Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French fresch, freis, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German frisc fresh; akin to Old English fersc fresh

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The first known use of fresh was in the 13th century

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15 Oct 2020

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“Fresh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fresh

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: newly produced, made, gathered, etc. : not preserved by being frozen, canned, etc.
: not old, spoiled, etc.
: clean and pure



English Language Learners Definition of fresh (Entry 2 of 2)

: just recently


\ ˈfresh How to pronounce fresh (audio) \
fresher; freshest

Kids Definition of fresh

1 : not salt fresh water
2 : pure sense 1, brisk fresh air a fresh breeze
3 : not frozen, canned, or pickled fresh vegetables
4 : not stale, sour, or spoiled fresh bread
5 : not dirty or rumpled a fresh shirt
6 : new entry 1 sense 4 Let's make a fresh start.
7 : newly made or received a fresh wound fresh news
8 : rude and disrespectful fresh talk

Other Words from fresh

freshly adverb
freshness noun



Legal Definition of fresh

1a : free of the detrimental effects of delay (as the fading of memories)
b : characterized by promptness
2 : experienced, made, or received newly or anew a resumed interrogation requiring fresh Miranda warnings

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