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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 Stop and breathe in the fresh mountain air and the sweet fragrance of pine. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "You'll see summer wildflowers on this Coconino National Forest hike. Here's how to do it," 29 May 2020 After the sound-bite smog of broadcast media, this passionate embrace of ideas and creativity is clean, fresh air. Steven Levy, Wired, "Trump, Twitter, and the Failed Politics of Appeasement," 29 May 2020 Airplanes already have high-efficiency particulate (HEPA) filters, which remove more than 99.99% of particles, including viruses, and mix the air in the cabin with fresh air from outside. Claire Gillespie,, "Is It Safe to Fly Right Now? Here's What Airlines Are Doing to Reduce the Risk of COVID-19," 28 May 2020 City officials emphasized that the idea is to allow customers to feel safer in fresh air — and not to abuse the new gathering rules by turning the streets into parties. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Menus on phones and more seats outdoors: Here's how restaurants are inviting diners back," 28 May 2020 So slow down, take a breath of fresh air, and appreciate the beauty that's already around you. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "6 Ways to Try the Cottagecore Trend for a Taste of the Simple Life," 18 May 2020 Becky’s also keeping fresh fruits and vegetables on the table with CSA boxes from local farms. The Washington Post, "Free Range on Food: We're here to answer all your cooking questions and discuss the perfect vegetable stock, eating well on a SNAP budget, cocktail kits, this week's recipes and more!," 13 May 2020 The whole idea behind the parks is to give our citizens the ability to go out there and enjoy fresh air and have time outside and that report from the park police was certainly disheartening to say the least. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "New Jersey parks littered with urine, feces as bathrooms remain closed amid coronavirus lockdown reopening," 12 May 2020 The tube intensifies the microwaves and the resulting plasma is held in a cohesive shape by the flow of fresh air. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Wait, Could Plasma Thrusters Really Replace Jet Engines?," 7 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Most peaches sold fresh in the U.S. are freestone peaches, which means the pit will easily pop free. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "The Right Way to Cut a Peach," 29 Apr. 2020 A dozen passengers fresh from the airport were queueing for embarkation aboard Viking Orion for a voyage headed to Beijing. David Swanson, National Geographic, "Traveling to Hong Kong? Here’s what you need to know.," 25 Oct. 2019 An easy way to to keep the scent fresh longer: consider slipping dryer sheets into envelopes and tucking them under your cushions. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "5 Hassle-Free Ways to Clean Up After Pets—No Vacuum Required," 1 May 2020 The unit will allow produce and dairy products to be kept fresh longer at the pantry distribution center located at Brook Park Community Church, 16845 Holland Road. Rich Heileman,, "Fundraiser to aid Audrey’s Outreach: Around The Town," 23 Aug. 2019 Threats of bad weather had delayed the gathering for a couple of weeks and forced indoors to the school auditorium, but excitement over the Shadow Creek Sharks’ achievement was fresh more than a month after the win over Denton Ryan. Greg May, Houston Chronicle, "See photos from community celebration for Shadow Creek Sharks’ championship," 7 Feb. 2020 On the drink menu was a watermelon cooler, fresh pressed juices and the Easy Breezy Rosé, of course. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside Lili Reinhart's Launch Party for Covergirl's Clean Beauty Collection," 17 Jan. 2020 The couple, who in December 2018, made a joint appearance at the 2020 Golden Globes, fresh off celebrating the new year together. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Attend the 2020 Golden Globes Together," 6 Jan. 2020 Portion the sausage into 3- to 4-ounce patties, and freeze or eat fresh within the next 5 days. Jean-paul Bourgeois, Field & Stream, "The Complete Guide to Making Wild Game Sausage," 12 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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“Fresh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 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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