fresh

adjective
\ˈfresh \

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

fresh

adverb

Definition of fresh (Entry 2 of 3)

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

fresh

noun

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

Adjective

freshly adverb
freshness noun

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Adjective

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

Offering up a fresh spin on a mensy three-piece suit, Watson chose a pristine monochromatic motif, pairing a sharp blazer and button-up vest with more billowy trousers. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Emma Watson Might Be the Best-Dressed Celebrity at Wimbledon," 14 July 2018 Sermanni shook up his starting lineup Saturday, inserting five new players and adjusting his shape to get the freshest players on the field. Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "Orlando Pride earn 2-1 road win over Utah Royals," 14 July 2018 One by one, each is welcomed with a lei made of the most fragrant fresh flowers. NBC News, "Be proactive and step out of your comfort zone:," 13 July 2018 For those who love it like Fraser and Lofgren and their counterparts Friday night, that's more than enough to put a fresh grip on the racquet and lace those sneakers up high and tight. Adam Baum, Cincinnati.com, "Princeton, Little Miami grads team up and take men's Met doubles championship," 13 July 2018 State school planners are asking fresh questions about Howard County’s proposal for a 620-seat Talbott Springs Elementary School, a move that could delay construction of a new school or renovation of the existing building by at least a year. Jess Nocera, Howard County Times, "New snags in planning for a new, or remodeled, Columbia elementary school," 13 July 2018 What to order at Panera Bread Strawberry Poppyseed Salad with Chicken This salad consists of a base of greens topped with chicken (raised without antibiotics), fresh strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, mandarin oranges, and toasted pecan pieces. Health.com, "The 4 Healthiest Menu Items at Panera Bread (Plus 3 Things to Avoid)," 13 July 2018 Outbreaks of cyclosporiasis in the United States have been linked to imported fresh produce contaminated with a microscopic parasite. Mihir Zaveri, BostonGlobe.com, "Vegetable trays linked to outbreak," 7 July 2018 Residents of Walnut Hills have a two-hour window each week to purchase fresh produce in their neighborhood by way of a mobile food pantry that is open Friday afternoons. Madeline Mitchell, Cincinnati.com, "Walnut Hills Redevelopment Foundation uses $100K grant to build grocery store," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The menu, from food to drink, is a healthy Mexican, Caribbean and Asian fusion, served up fresh with a proper portion size that will fill you up. cleveland.com, "50 Things to Eat and Drink in Greater Cleveland: Chefs, foodies & other notables make their picks for 2018," 11 May 2018 His stablemate, Lost in the Fog stakes winner Tribal Storm, is also entered and comes into this race fresh off a sharp allowance win against his aforementioned barn mate. John Cherwa, latimes.com, "Racing! Count Fleet comes in at No. 4 in Triple Crown ratings," 7 June 2018 While some, like Selena Gomez, respond to a breakup by going in for a fresh new cut, others, like Gigi Hadid, skip the salon and go straight for the accessories. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid’s Response to a Breakup? A New It Bag," 19 Mar. 2018 Other offerings in the stores include sushi, ramen, artisan cheese, beer, wine, fresh pressed juices and smoothies. Austen Erblat, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Lucky's Market to open west Boca Raton location next summer," 6 July 2018 In a cocktail shaker combine ice with ½ cup 100% pomegranate juice, ¼ cup aquafaba, ½ tablespoon apple cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon manuka honey, and ¼ teaspoon fresh grated ginger root. Health.com, "6 Mocktail Recipes That Make Happy Hour Way Healthier," 12 July 2018 Russian state television will revel in showcasing the country’s leader—fresh from hosting the World Cup—on an equal footing with the most powerful man in the world. Anna Arutunyan, Time, "No Matter What Happens in Helsinki, Putin Has Already Won," 10 July 2018 Her features were perfect, her breath fresh from chewing the wild mint that grew on the farm. courant.com, "Sharon E. Torrant," 8 July 2018 Stanton’s second goal came at a crucial juncture late in the second quarter, Salisbury fresh off three straight goals to cut its deficit to 4-3. Owen Pence, BostonGlobe.com, "Merrimack trounces Saint Leo to win Division 2 title," 27 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In the meantime, don't hold your breath waiting for Alexa to suggest the best deli-fresh chipped ham. Courtney Linder, The Christian Science Monitor, "Voice assistants can't understand Pittsburghese," 19 Apr. 2018 Some recipes call for Dijon mustard or fresh chopped herbs such as thyme or rosemary. Claire Perez, Sun-Sentinel.com, "You asked for it: How to make tasty French Brasserie style steak," 21 Sep. 2017 This is particularly true of the three-liter size, where economies of scale allow vintners to offer the equivalent of four standard bottles for remarkably low prices in a package that keeps wine tasting fresh for up to 60 days. Marnie Old, Philly.com, "Great Wine Values: René Barbier 'Mediterranean Red' from Catalonia, Spain," 10 Aug. 2017 With the memory of the Women's March fresh in mind, songs about finding your strength in a world trying to hold you back are topical and widely relatable. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Review: Kesha achieves greatness on comeback album 'Rainbow'," 10 Aug. 2017 But this year, with Sabia's death fresh in their memory, the team delivered its best run. Matthew Conyers, courant.com, "Emotional Stamford Sweeps West Hartford For American Legion State Title," 29 July 2017

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First Known Use of fresh

Adjective

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

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1538, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fresh

Adjective

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

Adverb

see fresh entry 1

Noun

see fresh entry 1

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fresh

adjective

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

fresh

adverb

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

: just recently

fresh

adjective
\ˈfresh \
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

fresh

adjective

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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