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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

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 Kelly seems like a longshot to be promoted at Halas Hall considering the organization likely will seek a fresh start from the last seven years. Brad Biggs,, 22 Jan. 2022 That conversation increases tenfold around the New Year because of it being considered a fresh start. Roger Lockridge, Men's Health, 19 Jan. 2022 Credit Suisse was looking for a fresh start in 2022. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 17 Jan. 2022 In it, we're introduced to the character, who is looking for a fresh start after a personal tragedy. Lauren Huff,, 12 Jan. 2022 Everyone wants a fresh start in the new year, though that goal seems more elusive with each passing January. Bethanne Patrick, Los Angeles Times, 7 Jan. 2022 The glimmer of hope that briefly shone, not long after the Capitol had been cleared, portending the possibility of a fresh start, was quickly extinguished. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 6 Jan. 2022 On Instagram Saturday, The Bachelorette alum, 31, showed off new eyeglasses in a series of shirtless snaps and opened up about the fresh start of 2022. Natasha Dado,, 3 Jan. 2022 Rattler didn’t even finish the season with the Sooners, instead transferring to South Carolina for a fresh start. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb At that point, new customers started trickling in—women wearing leggings and couples looking fresh-faced, people who had stumbled upon the sale during a jog or a family outing. Lizzie Feidelson, The New Yorker, 7 Jan. 2022 Getir, the Turkish player that has been around for a number of years, pushed deeper into Europe this year and acquired London’s Weezy, another fresh-faced start-up in the industry that had only recently launched. Jonathan Keane, Forbes, 1 Jan. 2022 Mac Jones and Zach Wilson are providing some fresh-faced buzz to an old AFC East rivalry that has gotten rather stale. Mark Heim |, al, 19 Sep. 2021 In 2003, a fresh-faced 34-year-old Carlson had released a memoir, Politicians, Partisans, and Parasites, which cataloged and celebrated his meteoric rise through the burgeoning world of cable news. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 16 Sep. 2021 Those fans, then, are considerably and understandably shy about loading their hopes into just any fresh-faced QB. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Sep. 2021 The vegetables were crisp and fresh-tasting and the taco chips were crunchy and flavorful. cleveland, 22 July 2021 This means your food stays fresh-tasting and air flows easily throughout the tiers for even cooking every time. Lizzy Briskin,, 14 Apr. 2021 The fresh-faced Germans, both 38, were dressed in nearly identical white shirts and blue suits. Vince Beiser, Wired, 28 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As a 16-year-old fresh off his second straight season on the junior varsity at Spring Valley High in Las Vegas, Payton joined an AAU team called Hard 2 Guard, which employed an aggressive full-court press all game. Connor Letourneau, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Nov. 2021 At 31 years old and trying to put lingering knee issues behind him, Walker seeks a fresh with his hometown Knicks. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 18 Oct. 2021 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

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First Known Use of fresh


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined above


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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fresco secco


fresh air

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“Fresh.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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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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