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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 symbiosis with synthesizers is remarkable, and his production is still fresh today, despite the numerous copycats that have since proliferated. Nick Williams, Billboard, "Listen to Bruno Major's TBT Mixtape, Inspired by DMT, Fantasia and More," 13 Feb. 2020 But 93-year-old Volvo has spent the last six years cranking out new vehicles that are as fresh as anything made of plastic, steel, and glass can be. Drew Dorian, Car and Driver, "Long-Term 2019 Volvo XC60: New Engine, New Platform, New Factory, No Surprises," 13 Feb. 2020 Though much of the tale is familiar from earlier versions, Kravitz is fresh and complicated as Rob. oregonlive, "Hulu’s ‘High Fidelity’: Zoë Kravitz stars in a reboot with a charming new spin," 12 Feb. 2020 The hotel itself, previously known as the Lodge at Koele, is fresh from a down-to-the-studs overhaul that ditched a dark, mountain-rustic vibe for an airy atmosphere of light wood and walls of windows. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, "Hawaii's Best Wellness Retreat Is Nowhere Near the Beach," 10 Feb. 2020 But the menu itself is fresh and playful – classic roadhouse food with the occasional twist. Anchorage Daily News, "Miss the old Roadrunner on Arctic? Alleyway Grille just might be your jam.," 5 Feb. 2020 Memories are still fresh of SARS in 2003, a disease caused by another coronavirus discovered on the mainland. The Economist, "The coronavirus is straining politics in protest-racked Hong Kong," 5 Feb. 2020 Dine on fresh Penn Cove mussels at Front Street Grill then head across the street for a scoop from Kapaw’s Iskreme. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "Find Wine, Whales, and Water Adventures in Washington’s Scenic Puget Sound," 3 Feb. 2020 This airy pasta salad is fresh and bright and won’t weigh you down. Dallas News, "Skip the reservation — have a seafood date night at home," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Across the street is the sprawling work yard of Houston Wood, which specializes in giving a look of weathered timelessness to fresh-cut boards. David Montgomery, Washington Post, "Will Alabama Take Jeff Sessions Back?," 6 Feb. 2020 In a perfect world, every salumi board you style would include paper-thin slivers fresh off your personal Berkel meat slicer. Popular Science, "How to hand-cut salami like a pro," 15 Jan. 2020 This raft can be chunks of wet rotten wood, fresh cut live wood or anything in between. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, "10 Survival Tips To Get You Through Winter," 30 Dec. 2019 Calixte says, in Haiti, Cremas (also called kremas and cremasse) is more often made from scratch, using fresh pressed or grated coconut and grated nutmeg. Nina Hemphill Reeder, Essence, "Get Into The Holiday Spirit With These Traditional Caribbean Cocktails," 25 Dec. 2019 The delivery stream will be a mix of stored aircraft and planes coming fresh off the production line in Renton, Washington. Kris Van Cleave, CBS News, "Boeing tries to restore confidence in 737 Max in stakeholders' presentation," 8 Dec. 2019 The recipe uses three kinds of ginger — ground, crystallized and fresh grated. Chris Ross, Twin Cities, "Martha Stewart Living’s ‘Cookie Perfection’ timed for holiday baking," 11 Dec. 2019 Hundley says this increase in demand, and the public's willingness to pay top dollar, may be because more millennials are having children and want to share the whole fresh-cut Christmas tree experience with their growing families. Aj Willingham, CNN, "Why are fewer Christmas trees growing in the US? Blame the Great Recession," 2 Dec. 2019 This will give those buildings a window to disinfect and start fresh after the Thanksgiving holiday. Leah Groth,, "Suspected Norovirus Outbreak in Colorado Closes 46 Schools—Here's What You Should Know About the Illness," 22 Nov. 2019 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,, "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,, "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,, "Emotional Stamford Sweeps West Hartford For American Legion State Title," 29 July 2017

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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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26 Feb 2020

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“Fresh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 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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