fresh

1 of 3

adjective

1
a
: 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
2
a
: not salt
fresh water
b(1)
: free from taint : pure
fresh air
(2)
of wind : moderately strong
a fresh breeze
3
a(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 jobHelen 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
freshly adverb
freshness noun

fresh

2 of 3

adverb

: just recently : newly
we're fresh out of eggs

fresh

3 of 3

noun

1
: an increased flow or rush (as of water) : freshet
2
archaic : a stream, spring, or pool of fresh water
Choose the Right Synonym for fresh

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

Example Sentences

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
Other leaders agree that this is an opportunity for a fresh start. Ruth Graham, New York Times, 19 Jan. 2023 The latest delays, related to moving utility lines, come as the Purple Line project was supposed to be off to a fresh start under a new construction contract that added $1.46 billion in costs. Katherine Shaver, Washington Post, 19 Jan. 2023 Her predecessor Castillo rose to power in 2021’s general elections, styled as man of the people who would get the country a fresh start. Stefano Pozzebon, CNN, 19 Jan. 2023 Will players be able to see this as a fresh start with an old face? Greg Moore, The Arizona Republic, 18 Jan. 2023 The visas provide a way for ambitious coders to get closer to the epicenter of the global tech industry, or to leverage their skills into a fresh start in the US. WIRED, 17 Jan. 2023 Bereft and overcome with grief, Grace moves from San Antonio to Los Angeles looking for a fresh start. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Jan. 2023 Tsushima’s narrator is looking for a fresh start after separating from her husband. Yurina Yoshikawa, The Atlantic, 13 Jan. 2023 Lisa Rinna is ready for a fresh start after her exit from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 13 Jan. 2023
Adverb
Shonda Rhimes herself has penned this eight-part Netflix spin-off tracking the teenage years of the formidable monarch, as embodied by the fresh-faced India Amarteifio. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 8 Jan. 2023 Her casual beauty look included a fresh-faced complexion and a dark nude lip. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 7 Jan. 2023 The fresh-faced model posed in a white string bikini, surrounded by lush green plants and trees that created the most tranquil atmosphere. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 6 Jan. 2023 Below are some of the beauty products that Kate reportedly leans on for her fresh-faced aesthetic. Micaela English, Town & Country, 4 Jan. 2023 The sandwich also comes with a smear of ultrasmooth hummus, acidic pickles, nutty tahini and fresh-tasting parsley sauce. Nick Kindelsperger, Chicago Tribune, 28 Dec. 2022 The supply chain that produces our fresh-tasting Thanksgiving dinners is one of the most fragile and fragmented of any industry–and one of the hardest to secure. Bymark Manglicmot, Fortune, 23 Nov. 2022 Bring back the pot roast for Sunday dinner with a fresh-tasting spin from Danielle Centoni. Sheena Chihak, Better Homes & Gardens, 25 Sep. 2022 Opt for shadows in shades of pink and peach for a fresh-faced look. Sydney Wingfield, Glamour, 29 Dec. 2022
Noun
While Cleveland has continued to flounder with two straight losses, the Bucs are maybe hitting a stride after winning their last two, and in a likely benefit to Brady and Co., are coming into this one fresh off of their bye week. Ashley Bastock, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2022 The Aggies come into this contest fresh off a bye week after a close loss to Alabama. Dallas News, 22 Oct. 2022 Perched on a promontory and completely modern in design, the abode is unique for both its size, seclusion and fresh-to-the-market status. David Kaufman, Robb Report, 27 Dec. 2022 Minnesota arrives at this contest fresh off only their third loss of the season, a 34-23 road defeat against the Detroit Lions. Nick Hennion, Chicago Tribune, 17 Dec. 2022 Earlier this month, Ushkowitz and McHale opened up to PEOPLE about how the sudden passing of Rivera influenced their decision to end their former podcast Showmance and start a new fresh with a new one. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 22 Nov. 2022 The Outrun, in which the Oscar-nominee plays a recovering alcoholic fresh out of rehab. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, 1 Nov. 2022 The Yankees head into the ALCS fresh off their series win over the Guardians. Ian Firstenberg, Chicago Tribune, 19 Oct. 2022 Blandine Watkins, a brilliant and striking 18-year-old fresh out of the foster care system, lies bleeding on the floor of her apartment. Los Angeles Times, 28 July 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Adjective

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of fresh was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Fresh.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fresh. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

fresh

adjective
ˈfresh
1
a
: not frozen, canned, or pickled
fresh fish
fresh vegetables
b
: not stale, sour, or spoiled
fresh bread
c
: not worn, dirty, or wrinkled
a fresh shirt
2
a
: not salt
fresh water
c
: fairly strong : brisk
fresh breeze
3
a
: newly made or received
a fresh wound
b
: new entry 1 sense 6
make a fresh start
c
: remaining clear or vivid
fresh in my mind
4
: behaving or talking in a rude or disrespectful way
don't get fresh with me
freshly adverb
freshness noun

Legal Definition

fresh

adjective
1
a
: 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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