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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 Tatum’s a more mature player now, fresh off of winning Olympics gold with a group of fellow top-tier basketballers. Hunter Felt, Forbes, 19 Sep. 2021 The national attention of last week’s recall election in California is keeping the concept fresh in voters minds, and at least one politician is angling to keep it as a top campaign priority. al, 19 Sep. 2021 Aged Sattlerita Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale, billed as having agave fermentation and fresh citrus. Marc Bona, cleveland, 19 Sep. 2021 Tucker and his players were quick to point to performance dietitian Amber Rinestine’s hydration plan and strength and conditioning coach Jay Novak’s offseason program for preparing them to remain fresh into the final period. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 19 Sep. 2021 The bill would affect distribution centers across multiple industries, driving up prices for all kinds of goods, including fresh food, Michelin said. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 Sep. 2021 Steeped in tradition, yet fresh and vital, Ferrell’s music defines and transcends Americana. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Sep. 2021 But old habits die hard, especially in countries where waste disposal guidelines have not been updated and officials are still preoccupied with fighting fresh outbreaks., 18 Sep. 2021 There were the fresh fears of persecution by the Taliban after the media spotlight on the family noted that some members, including survivors, worked for U.S.-based firms. Washington Post, 18 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb The trio looked completely fresh-faced and polished. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 11 Sep. 2021 Three Team USA players—Holiday, Devin Booker and Khris Middleton—played fresh off a 14-hour flight to Japan after completing a six-game NBA Finals series. Sean Gregory/tokyo, Time, 25 July 2021 The intensifying regulatory scrutiny around DiDi comes fresh off its massive Wall Street debut on Wednesday. Jonathan Ponciano, Forbes, 4 July 2021 Coming fresh off his first rally since leaving the White House, the visit underscored the extent to which Republicans, both nationally and in the states, continue to embrace Trump as the leader of their party. Jill Colvin, ajc, 1 July 2021 Custom meat packages like 4-ounce burgers, dinner kits that come with seasonings and side dishes and fresh-cooked Swagyu burgers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2021 Directed by Petra Collins, the high-femme fantasy is soured by the literally ankle-breaking work of being a woman, even at Rodrigo’s fresh-faced 18. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 23 Aug. 2021 The debonair yet somber Devlin (Grant) finds himself more than just beguiled by the fresh-faced candor of Bergman’s Alicia Huberman, whose father has been imprisoned for fomenting a Nazi revival in Florida. Peter Cowie, WSJ, 13 Aug. 2021 There, in the corners of an internet that still felt novel and lawless, a new breed of bloggers redefined celebrity gossip and set in motion a ruthless media machine that chewed up and spat out any fresh-faced, high-heeled celebrity in its path. Aj Willingham, CNN, 14 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Though Payton is the superior defender, Mannion — a 20-year-old fresh off a strong showing with Italy at the Tokyo Olympics — has more upside. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Aug. 2021 Blumhouse's Fantasy Island' Give Blumhouse credit for casting Michael Peña in Ricardo Montalban's old Mr. Roarke role and wanting to make the old TV concept fresh again. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 The taste of sweet corn fresh off the barbecue grill was completely foreign to him, as were most of life’s joys and everyday things most of us taken for granted. Eileen Kelley,, 25 July 2021 The taste of sweet corn fresh off the barbecue grill was completely foreign to him, as were most of life’s joys and everyday things most of us taken for granted. al, 25 July 2021 Additional relievers like Sal Romano and Art Warren helped keep the other pitchers in the bullpen fresh. Charlie Goldsmith, The Enquirer, 18 May 2021 Ceviche is a perfect way to serve scallops that are just-off-the-boat fresh. Amy Drew Thompson,, 27 June 2021 Case breaks are just one example of how technology is now providing a communal aspect that keeps the hobby fresh. Washington Post, 21 June 2021 That may represent a nice change of pace for a program fresh off a humbling loss to Ohio State in the national semifinals and in the early stages of an offensive rebuild touching on every position group. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 7 May 2021

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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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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 : newly freshly


\ 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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