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How does the adjective fresh differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of fresh are new, novel, and original. While all these words mean "having recently come into existence or use," fresh applies to what has not lost its qualities of newness such as liveliness, energy, brightness.

a fresh start

When can new be used instead of fresh?

The synonyms new and fresh are sometimes interchangeable, but new may apply to what is freshly made and unused, what has not been known before, or what has not been experienced before.

new brick
new designs
starts the new job

When could novel be used to replace fresh?

The words novel and fresh can be used in similar contexts, but novel applies to what is not only new but strange or unprecedented.

a novel approach to the problem

Where would original be a reasonable alternative to fresh?

Although the words original and fresh have much in common, original applies to what is the first of its kind to exist.

a man without one original idea

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Cite this Entry

“Fresh.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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