fresh

adjective
\ 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

fresh

adverb

Definition of fresh (Entry 2 of 3)

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

fresh

noun

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

Adjective

freshly adverb
freshness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for fresh

Synonyms: Adjective

brand-new, mint, pristine, span-new, virgin, virginal

Antonyms: Adjective

stale

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Adjective

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

Kids ages 7-12 learn about the seasonality of food, meet local farmers and prepare ingredients purchased fresh at the market. oregonlive.com, "Homes and gardens events around Portland: Antiques and collectibles, pruning demos and more," 12 July 2019 An inspection of the produce aisles confirms that the strawberries are, indeed, delectably fresh. The Economist, "DistributionAmazon and Alibaba are pacesetters of the next supply-chain revolution," 12 July 2019 One glance at the moment brought to mind variations championed by young Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, or a fresh-on-the-scene Lindsay Lohan, but with an edge that felt more sophisticated than preteen. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Is Officially Reviving This ’90s Hair Style," 11 July 2019 Cook market-fresh ears in a large pot of boiling water for 1-3 minutes. Sarah Jampel, Bon Appétit, "What You Need to Know to Make the Most of Corn Season," 11 July 2019 Also fresh on the minds of many people on Cape Cod: the death of a 26-year-old man last September following a great white shark attack — the region's first fatal shark encounter in over 80 years. Fox News, "Spike in shark sightings off Cape Cod alarms swimmers, keeps them close to shore," 11 July 2019 Just a few spritzes of deodorant kept me fresh for hours. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "I Sweat My Way Through Lululemon's New Line of Exercise-Friendly Beauty Products," 11 July 2019 Curry, fresh off a fifth straight NBA Finals appearance as the Golden State Warriors superstar, is no stranger to the Tahoe tournament or his opening-round partners. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Tahoe golf: Steph Curry in feature group with Justin Timberlake, Tony Romo," 10 July 2019 And to keep things fresh, there are heartfelt interviews with her family, coaches and friends like fellow pro surfer Alana Blanchard. Samantha Incorvaia, azcentral, "You will find inspiration — and cliches — in documentary 'Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable'," 10 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb

Waka Flocka Flame and his wife Tammy are starting fresh after renewing their vows in Cancun, Mexico. Jasmine Grant, Essence, "Angela Simmons Reveals Why She Split With Bow Wow," 27 June 2019 Paul showed up as usual at Lakers home games and was in his baseline seat on March 26 when GM Rob Pelinka, fresh from talking to Buss 10 feet away, stopped by and shook hands: business as usual, for all to see. SI.com, "The King Maker: Why Rich Paul Will Own the NBA Summer," 12 June 2019 With a lace top fresh from the Saint Laurent runway, oversized western belt, and transparent Alexander Wang PVC heels, Beyoncé was already thinking outside the box. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Beyoncé Revives a Forgotten ’90s Trend," 31 Jan. 2019 The actress arrived fresh faced with her then-beau Brad Pitt on her arm. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Happy Birthday Jennifer Aniston, Queen of Effortless Hair," 11 Feb. 2019 Cocktails like the Mission Style Martini, infused with jalapeno and fresh muddled cucumber, go well with heavier dishes like the brioche French toast. Allison Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "11 Best Brunches in Austin," 4 Mar. 2018 Freezing meat products is the best way to keep them fresh longer than their usual expiration date. Christina Oehler, Woman's Day, "This Is How Long Frozen Meat Is Good For," 22 Jan. 2019 Case in point: perennially chic actress Tilda Swinton arrived fresh faced to the screening of At Eternity’s Gate with her signature slick bob and a fire engine-red pout to match that directional leopard-print ensemble. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson, Emma Stone and More of The Venice Film Festival's Best Beauty Looks," 10 Sep. 2018 Coming fresh off a Globes sweep — or even a strong showing at the awards — could help boost Vice’s chances with the Academy. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "3 winners and 2 losers from the 2019 Golden Globes nominations," 6 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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, Philly.com, "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, courant.com, "Emotional Stamford Sweeps West Hartford For American Legion State Title," 29 July 2017

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First Known Use of fresh

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Adverb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

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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fresh

adjective

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

fresh

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of fresh (Entry 2 of 2)

: just recently

fresh

adjective
\ 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

fresh

adjective

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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