The "freshes" of the Delaware were the low-lying meadows along the river.
Thence it is that at this time of the year the freshes of the rivers, like that of the Broadruck, stink of fish.
It iz for this reezon that freshes in rivers hav becume larger, more frequent, sudden and destructiv, than they were formerly.
During the rainy season it would be dangerous to expose a vessel to the strength of the freshes in this river.
Thence it is that at this time of the year, the freshes of the rivers, like that of the Broadruck, stink of fish.
These freshes deepen the river considerably at that time of the year, and freshen the water many miles from the coast.
There had just been another of Noah's freshes, and the low grounds were flooded all over with water.
late 13c. "unsalted, pure, sweet, eager," metathesis of Old English fersc "unsalted," from West Germanic *friskaz (cf. Old Frisian fersk, Middle Dutch versch, Dutch vers, Old High German frisc, German frisch "fresh").
Probably cognate with Old Church Slavonic presinu "fresh," Lithuanian preskas "sweet." The metathesis, and the expanded Middle English senses of "new, pure, eager" are probably by influence of (or in some instances, from) Old French fres (fem. fresche), from Proto-Germanic *frisko-, and thus related to the English word. The Germanic root also is the source of Italian and Spanish fresco. Related: Freshly; freshness.
"impudent, presumptuous," 1848, U.S. slang, probably from German frech "insolent, cheeky," from Old High German freh "covetous," related to Old English frec "greedy, bold" (see freak (n.)).
[first two senses perhaps related to German frech, ''impudent''; third sense said to have originated with a 1970s rock group called the Fantastic Romantic Five MCs, who said ''We're fresh out of the pack, you gotta stand back, we got one Puerto Rican and the rest are black'']