fresh

adjective
\ ˈfresh How to pronounce fresh (audio) \

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for fresh

Synonyms: Adjective

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

Antonyms: Adjective

stale

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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

There's nothing like the arrival of spring to inspire a new look, and for hair-color enthusiasts (like myself), that often means a fresh new shade. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Ash Mauve Hair Is the Smoky New Hair-Color Trend For Spring," 5 Apr. 2019 After applying fresh color, wait at least 72 hours before shampooing. Jaime Osnato, SELF, "How I Keep My Temporary Hair Color Fresh to Death," 4 Apr. 2019 Todos Santos’s cobblestone streets are lined with art galleries, restaurants and boutiques, and its taquerias make tacos with fish that’s fresh-off-the-boat. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to the Baja Peninsula," 29 Mar. 2019 Regardless of Flip or Flop's fate, though, Christina's breakout series is a breath of fresh air. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "What to Know About Christina El Moussa's New Show 'Christina on the Coast'," 24 Mar. 2019 The new report — plus a separate report from the University of Oxford also released Monday — provides a fresh look at how social platforms were unwittingly used to influence voter opinion ahead of the 2016 election. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Instagram posts from Russian meddlers played a much bigger role in the 2016 election than we thought," 17 Dec. 2018 Inspired by the revolution, scientists at the time wanted to start fresh on a new, consistent system of measurement, basing units not on arbitrary mandates from kings, but on nature. Brian Resnick, Vox, "The world is about to redefine the kilogram," 15 Nov. 2018 Researchers have also been trawling through historical records to gain fresh insight into the schooner. Fox News, "Mysterious shipwreck reveals its secrets: Wreck may be Lake Erie’s oldest," 15 Oct. 2018 The company is fresh off sponsoring the Super Bowl LIII halftime show and airing commercials during the National Football League championship game. Allison Prang, WSJ, "PepsiCo CEO Says No Plans to Break Up Snacks, Foods Giant," 15 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

The actress arrived fresh faced with her then-beau Brad Pitt on her arm. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Happy Birthday Jennifer Aniston, Queen of Effortless Hair," 11 Feb. 2019 Cocktails like the Mission Style Martini, infused with jalapeno and fresh muddled cucumber, go well with heavier dishes like the brioche French toast. Allison Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Brunches in Austin," 4 Mar. 2018 Freezing meat products is the best way to keep them fresh longer than their usual expiration date. Christina Oehler, Woman's Day, "This Is How Long Frozen Meat Is Good For," 22 Jan. 2019 Case in point: perennially chic actress Tilda Swinton arrived fresh faced to the screening of At Eternity’s Gate with her signature slick bob and a fire engine-red pout to match that directional leopard-print ensemble. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson, Emma Stone and More of The Venice Film Festival's Best Beauty Looks," 10 Sep. 2018 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

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, 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

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 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

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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