anew; once more; again: to start afresh.

Origin of afresh

First recorded in 1500–10; a-2 + fresh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for afresh

anew, again, lately, newly, over, recently

Examples from the Web for afresh

Historical Examples of afresh

  • Is not this a new form to the thought—a form which makes us feel the truth of it afresh?

    A Dish Of Orts

    George MacDonald

  • A sight which roused in him afresh—on the instant—all his fiercest animosities.

    The Coryston Family

    Mrs. Humphry Ward

  • At every moment of the day it delighted them afresh, its expression ever varying.

  • He folded her afresh in his strong embrace, and kissed her head as it lay on his breast.

  • All my fear of the world, and my desire to escape from it, had fallen upon me afresh.

British Dictionary definitions for afresh



once more; once again; anew
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for afresh

c.1500, perhaps on analogy of anew [see note in OED], from a- (1) + fresh.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper