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fresh

adjective \ ˈfresh \

Definition of fresh

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 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

freshly

adverb

freshness

noun

Examples of fresh in a Sentence

  1. You can use either fresh or dried basil for this recipe.

  2. The meat was kept fresh in the refrigerator.

  3. a bouquet of fresh flowers

  4. He changed into a fresh shirt.

  5. She brought a fresh change of clothes.

  6. She rose fresh from a good night's sleep.

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Origin and Etymology of fresh

Middle English, from Anglo-French fresch, freis, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German frisc fresh; akin to Old English fersc fresh

Synonym Discussion of 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

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fresh

adverb

Definition of fresh

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

Examples of fresh in a Sentence

  1. This bread was baked fresh.

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Origin and Etymology of fresh

see 1fresh


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fresh

noun

Definition of fresh

1 :an increased flow or rush (as of water) :freshet
2 archaic :a stream, spring, or pool of freshwater

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Origin and Etymology of fresh

see 1fresh



FRESH Defined for English Language Learners

fresh

adjective

Definition of fresh for English Language Learners

  • : newly produced, made, gathered, etc. : not preserved by being frozen, canned, etc.

  • : not old, spoiled, etc.

  • : clean and pure


fresh

adverb

Definition of fresh for English Language Learners

  • : just recently


FRESH Defined for Kids

fresh

adjective \ ˈfresh \

Definition of fresh for Students

fresher; freshest
1 :not salt
  • fresh water
2 :pure 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 :1new 4
  • Let's make a fresh start.
7 :newly made or received
  • a fresh wound
  • fresh news
8 :rude and disrespectful
  • fresh talk

freshly

adverb

freshness

noun

Law Dictionary

fresh

adjective

legal Definition of fresh

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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