\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



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

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

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


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.


This bread was baked fresh.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But according to Lorenzo Kristov, the rise of new energy technologies should occasion a step back and a fresh, holistic perspective — not just a reactive scramble on policy. David Roberts, Vox, "Clean energy technologies threaten to overwhelm the grid. Here’s how it can adapt.," 30 Nov. 2018 Mandy Moore's surprise backyard wedding to Taylor Goldsmith over the weekend had an ethereal quality—from the dreamy pink tulle gown by Rodarte to the fresh, glowy makeup and the sweet veil. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "All the Details on Mandy Moore's Gorgeous Wedding Makeup," 20 Nov. 2018 For him and other brewers, this fresh, blank canvas provided an opportunity to play with hops from the Southern Hemisphere’s newest growing regions, such as South Africa and Australia. William Bostwick, WSJ, "Craft Beer Breakthrough: Brisk New Bubblies for the Holiday Table," 20 Nov. 2018 The midterms started new conversations and introduced a handful of fresh, diverse political heroes, and progressive gains were made. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande's "Thank U, Next" Is the Perfect Response to the 2018 Midterms — and What Comes After," 9 Nov. 2018 Why does Cary Grant always seem fresh, or Frank Sinatra, while someone else seems tired? Pamela Hanson, Town & Country, "Ralph Lauren Talks Family, Fashion, and His Global Empire's 50th Anniversary," 10 Oct. 2018 With a few simple tweaks to your routine, your skin will look fresher, smoother, and more radiant—no wand required. 1. Kristin Perrotta, Harper's BAZAAR, "5 Skin-Improving Tricks to Include in Your Beauty Routine," 1 Oct. 2018 Kavanaugh, who intends to testify Thursday, has been hit with fresh, but uncorroborated accusations since his initial confirmation hearing earlier this month. Fox News, "Kavanaugh calls sex claims 'smears, pure and simple' in new letter to Grassley and Feinstein, vows to defend character," 24 Sep. 2018 To get yours clean and fresh, wash in the hottest water the fabric can handle with detergent but not fabric softener, which can hamper the absorption qualities. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How Gross Are Your Laundry Habits?," 21 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

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., "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,, "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,, "Lucky's Market to open west Boca Raton location next summer," 6 July 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,, "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


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


see fresh entry 1


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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 \
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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