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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from fresh

Adjective

freshly adverb
freshness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fresh

Synonyms: Adjective

brand-new, mint, pristine, span-new, virgin, virginal

Antonyms: Adjective

stale

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

Choose the Right Synonym for fresh

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But Seattle will try to continue to mix in Mike Davis and Penny, especially now with 10 games in 10 weeks and desiring to keep everyone fresh enough to handle the rest of the season. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Seahawks-Lions keys to the game: Who will run it better? Can the Seahawks cool down Matthew Stafford?," 26 Oct. 2018 Try incorporating more fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain for their fiber content. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, "Why Am I Always Hungry?," 19 Oct. 2018 Try these simmer pot recipes which involve tossing fresh fruits, herbs, and spices in your slow cooker. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "These Essential Oils Will Make Your Entire Home Smell Like Christmas," 14 Oct. 2018 Gorsuch’s quick confirmation in the spring of 2017, and Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement a little over a year later, kept the wounds fresh. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh and the Supreme Court’s looming legitimacy crisis," 24 Sep. 2018 All main selections come with a sweet or savory snack, a piece of fresh fruit, and a small bottle of water; passengers can also choose to add juice, coffee, or tea to their meal. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Lufthansa Will Now Give You a Packed Lunch," 6 Sep. 2018 How to Choose a Pumpkin The best are fresh and have a consistent texture. Popular Mechanics, "How to Carve a Pumpkin Like a Pro," 31 Aug. 2018 Other signs which are compatible while keeping things fresh include: Aquarius and Gemini. Ashley Otero, Teen Vogue, "Who You Should Date, Based on Your Horoscope," 20 Aug. 2018 Along with her mother Patricia, Garner had a vision to transform a beloved family property in Oklahoma into a farm growing fresh fruits and vegetables. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jennifer Garner recalls growing up in the South: 'I have a connection to this land'," 15 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Coming fresh off a Globes sweep — or even a strong showing at the awards — could help boost Vice’s chances with the Academy. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the 2019 Golden Globes nominations," 6 Dec. 2018 Here’s to waking up fresh-faced and fright-less on November 1. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "9 Makeup Removers for Halloween and Beyond," 30 Oct. 2018 The best part of the job was seeing all the new clothes fresh off the runway and also seeing celebrities come into the offices. Ariana Marsh, Teen Vogue, "How iPad Artist Jeremy Martin Is Making Waves in the Fashion Industry," 26 Nov. 2018 Use a bit of lemon and baking soda to keep your fridge fresh all week long. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "How to Clean Your Fridge and Keep It Fresh," 27 Oct. 2018 At a Florence + The Machine concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Clarke debuted her shortest hair ever: a fresh pixie cut. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emilia Clarke Just Cut Off All Her Hair And It's SO Short," 27 Sep. 2018 Bananas: Seal the stems of bananas in plastic wrap to help keep them fresh longer. Joy Bauer, Woman's Day, "12 Ways to Prevent Food from Going to Waste," 10 Apr. 2017 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

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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'fresh.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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, 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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fresh

Statistics for fresh

Last Updated

15 Jan 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for fresh

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fresh

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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on fresh

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with fresh

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for fresh

Spanish Central: Translation of fresh

Nglish: Translation of fresh for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of fresh for Arabic Speakers

Comments on fresh

What made you want to look up fresh? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

a complex dispute or argument

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Homophone Quiz

  • three-bears-two-of-them-look-like-theyre-whispering-to-a-third-bear-who-looks-chuffed-to-be-the-center-of-attention
  • In order to judge how people felt, the senator's office hired a firm to take a ______.
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!