fresh

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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

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adverb

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

fresh

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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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Share a few small plates, including garlic shrimp or salad, and move onto fresh seafood like the daily market fish. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 12 June 2024 Supporting their synthesis functions by taking a potent and effective vitamin C supplement helps the skin stay fresh and firm, and promotes hair growth. Veronica Cristino, Vogue, 12 June 2024
Adverb
Pros: Powerful formulas that target and eliminate odor-causing bacteria. Long-lasting results, keeping your dog smelling fresh between baths. Amber Smith, Discover Magazine, 3 Apr. 2024 Bake fresh: Prepare the biscuit dough ahead if needed, but bake fresh before serving for the tastiest results. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 30 Mar. 2024
Noun
To keep the matcha fresh, store your tin inside a resealable plastic bag. Kate Kassin, Bon Appétit, 26 Feb. 2024 The Maya came up with ingenious solutions to keep their potable water fresh. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 9 Oct. 2023 See all Example Sentences for fresh 

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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 21 Jun. 2024.

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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