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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

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

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 Pick fresh produce, depending on the time of year, or tour a local farm to get ideas for your own home garden. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "9 Weekend Getaways From San Diego That Will Bring You to Mountains, Deserts, National Parks, Vineyards, and More," 31 July 2020 Buckeye Fresh Days at farmers markets throughout Ohio are helping families in need access fresh, healthy produce, while also engaging members of the general public. cleveland, "Buckeye Fresh Days connect farmers markets with families in need," 30 July 2020 At a community event at the mosque where fresh produce and grocery gift cards were being handed out, Dr. Galiatsatos answered questions about COVID-19. CBS News, "Building bridges to combat COVID-19 in communities of color," 12 July 2020 Considered an iconic neighborhood fixture in Midtown, Fiesta gave shoppers a vast selection of fresh produce and international foods. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "Fat Tony, other Houstonians lament loss of Midtown Fiesta Mart, set to close Friday," 9 July 2020 The restaurant will source all of its fresh produce from Matteson’s garden, which features a huge archway that can hold 100-pound heirloom squashes, as well as from other gardens no more than 10 minutes away. Janelle Bitker,, "4th Street Social Club to bring hyper-local, plant-based dining to Sonoma County," 8 July 2020 The second Saturday of every month is usually the day the pantry hands out fresh produce. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, "'We're behind the curve': Community gardens struggle to feed food insecure during pandemic," 8 July 2020 At the Morehead site, the goal is to harvest 45 million pounds of fresh produce each year, mostly tomatoes, that now are raised in Canada and Mexico, a country that exports 4 billion tomatoes a day. Grace Schneider, The Courier-Journal, "Appalachian firm teams with Dutch government to grow 'ag-tech' epicenter in Kentucky," 24 June 2020 At the storefront of BeMore Green, where Mr. Thompson was doing his videography, the boxes of fresh produce bring smiles to grateful recipients – some of whom bite into crunchy apples. Mark Trumbull, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rising inequality in a crisis: The view from Baltimore," 24 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The restaurant, which serves smoky barbecue and fresh-caught fish, each in a variety of styles, deftly weaves local ingredients and avoids the touristy pageantry of hotel-centric spots. Naomi Tomky, Fortune, "The foodie haven in Hawaii you need to know about now," 1 July 2020 In the weeks before my visit, rainstorms had swept through the country, leaving the team of thirty excavators, most of them fresh-faced students from Australia’s Macquarie University, to sit idle for days at a nearby kibbutz. Ruth Margalit, The New Yorker, "In Search of King David’s Lost Empire," 22 June 2020 Apricot, lime and apple all converge in this fresh-tasting wine with a floral hint. Marc Bona, cleveland, "14 wines - $10-$24 - to try in June (photos)," 14 June 2020 Most peaches sold fresh in the U.S. are freestone peaches, which means the pit will easily pop free. Patricia S York, Southern Living, "The Right Way to Cut a Peach," 29 Apr. 2020 A dozen passengers fresh from the airport were queueing for embarkation aboard Viking Orion for a voyage headed to Beijing. David Swanson, National Geographic, "Traveling to Hong Kong? Here’s what you need to know.," 25 Oct. 2019 An easy way to to keep the scent fresh longer: consider slipping dryer sheets into envelopes and tucking them under your cushions. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "5 Hassle-Free Ways to Clean Up After Pets—No Vacuum Required," 1 May 2020 The unit will allow produce and dairy products to be kept fresh longer at the pantry distribution center located at Brook Park Community Church, 16845 Holland Road. Rich Heileman,, "Fundraiser to aid Audrey’s Outreach: Around The Town," 23 Aug. 2019 Threats of bad weather had delayed the gathering for a couple of weeks and forced indoors to the school auditorium, but excitement over the Shadow Creek Sharks’ achievement was fresh more than a month after the win over Denton Ryan. Greg May, Houston Chronicle, "See photos from community celebration for Shadow Creek Sharks’ championship," 7 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Mayfield still has promise despite a disappointing second season, and Burrow comes to the NFL fresh off the best season ever by a college quarterback. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Could Baker Mayfield vs. Joe Burrow be as good as these NFL quarterback rivalries from the last 20 years?," 26 June 2020 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

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

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“Fresh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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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 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

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