\ 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



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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from fresh


freshly adverb
freshness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fresh

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

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 This includes exploring 100 miles of hiking and biking trails, riding a tram up 11,000 feet above sea level, or just sitting back and breathing all that fresh air. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, "Airbnb Is Renting Out an Entire Montana Mountain — Luxury Lodging Included — for $88 a Night," 28 Apr. 2021 His philosophy would be a breath of fresh air in stagnated state politics. Arkansas Online, "Letters," 25 Apr. 2021 In our view, every hike is a good one — think fresh air, great views, excellent exercise., "4 hikes with one big bonus: heavenly views," 23 Apr. 2021 Find fresh air in Centennial Park and a to-scale replica of Greece’s Parthenon ( Andrew Nelson, WSJ, "A Deliciously Diverting Road Trip Through the Deep South," 23 Apr. 2021 After being stuck inside for over a year, staring at lackluster computer screens, the iMac's new look and vibrant colors are a breath of fresh air. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, "No, the new iMac isn't ugly. The design and colors are a breath of fresh air," 23 Apr. 2021 Suitable for singers, artists, instrumentalists and anyone interested in songwriting, music making and getting out for some fresh air! Anchorage Daily News, "2021 Summer Camps," 21 Apr. 2021 Outdoor temperature is a driving factor, because indoor grows require constant circulation of fresh air. Tim Dickinson, Rolling Stone, "How Federal Prohibition Is Turning Cannabis into a Climate Villain," 20 Apr. 2021 His towns promised decent houses and fresh air but also factory jobs. The Economist, "Welwyn Garden City The fight to preserve a pioneering planned town," 17 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb There’s hope, though, in the fresh-faced, half-smiling Girl at the Border, with her backpack and neck pillow. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Two Dallas art exhibitions humanize immigration controversies," 21 Apr. 2021 Enter Passing Strangers, a fresh-faced foursome that covered just about all things synths, from darker bands like Ministry and Front 242 to brighter acts like Yaz and Erasure, with stops between for Depeche Mode and New Order. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, "San Antonio band Passing Strangers turns back time with new wave and nostalgia," 20 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, a fresh-faced Imaan Hammam reminded followers that April showers do in fact bring April flowers. Akili King, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Instagrams of the Week: Imaan Hammam, Ryan Destiny, and More," 18 Apr. 2021 Customize your own blends and treat yourself to vitamin-rich fresh-pressed juice every day without leaving home. Lizzy Briskin,, "Best kitchen essentials 2021," 14 Apr. 2021 Infused with sunflower seed oil, shea butter and jojoba oil, this two-in-one cream blush and lip color is hydrating and buildable for a fresh-faced flush of color. Samantha Olson, Seventeen, "Charli and Dixie D'Amelio Are Releasing 'Go To Faves' Makeup Kits With Morphe 2," 13 Apr. 2021 There is no evidence that similar surveillance happened in any of the other 52 countries where the global retailer hones a fresh-faced image of stylish thriftiness served with Swedish meatballs. New York Times, "A ‘System of Espionage’ Reigned at Ikea, a French Prosecutor Charges," 7 Apr. 2021 The series news comes fresh off Yeun's history-making Oscar nomination for his lead role in Lee Isaac Chung's Minari. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Steven Yeun and Ali Wong Will Star in a Series Together, and I Need It ASAP," 18 Mar. 2021 The efforts get their muscle from research fresh off the hospital floors on the viral illness, COVID-19. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "COVID-19 vaccine: Cancer patients say they need to be next, and science is on their side," 19 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Either the Jets have been pulling off the biggest smokescreen of the last 10 years, or Wilson will be heading to New York fresh off an amazing 2020 season. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Who will Andrew Berry and the Browns take with their first 2 picks? 2021 NFL mock draft 8.0," 29 Apr. 2021 The result is an extra fresh-tasting fish, according to chefs in international media reports; the texture might have a different bounce, the color might sport a different sheen. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ex-Utzutzu chef has a new East Bay sushi pop-up with fish from a renowned Japanese fishmonger," 26 Apr. 2021 But the petition was filed now, with the NFL fresh off the announcement of media deals worth nearly twice as much as the previous ones. Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times, "Spanos family quarrel is another setback for Chargers in L.A.," 1 Apr. 2021 One opponent is an ascendant program in the SEC fresh off a No. 4 ranking in the end-of-season AP poll. oregonlive, "6 months away: Pac-12 showdowns with Ohio State, Michigan and Texas A&M loom large for teetering conference," 12 Mar. 2021 Two bits of new release news, one from last night and one fresh off the press. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, "Box Office: ‘Quiet Place 2’ Replaces ‘F9’ On Memorial Day As Universal Dates Gay Rom-Com ‘BROS’," 5 Mar. 2021 The seasonal fresh, California-style menu is best enjoyed on the outdoor patio with views of the fountains. Maya Kachroo-levine, Travel + Leisure, "Las Vegas Travel Guide," 2 Mar. 2021 Crawley arrived at Lafayette Jeff in 1942 fresh off back-to-back state championships at Washington. IndyStar, "Lafayette Jeff: ‘People would walk in and say, This is a high school gym?’," 2 Mar. 2021 Fresh lemon hits the palate in this fresh-tasting IPA with decent carbonation. Marc Bona, cleveland, "11 beers from 11 states for February, from Mardi Gras Bock to big Stouts," 7 Feb. 2021

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


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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about fresh

Time Traveler for fresh

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Statistics for fresh

Last Updated

1 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Fresh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for fresh



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

More from Merriam-Webster on fresh

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for 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).


Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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