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[ fresh ]


, fresh·er, fresh·est.
  1. newly made or obtained:

    fresh footprints.

    Synonyms: energetic, recent

    Antonyms: old

  2. recently arrived; just come:

    fresh from school.

  3. new; not previously known, met with, etc.; novel:

    to uncover fresh facts;

    to seek fresh experiences.

  4. additional or further:

    fresh supplies.

  5. not salty, as water.
  6. retaining the original properties unimpaired; not stale or spoiled:

    Is the milk still fresh?

  7. not preserved by freezing, canning, pickling, salting, drying, etc.:

    fresh vegetables.

  8. not tired or fatigued; brisk; vigorous:

    She was still fresh after that long walk.

  9. not faded, worn, obliterated, etc.: a fresh appearance.

    fresh paint;

    a fresh appearance.

  10. looking youthful and healthy:

    a fresh beauty that we all admired.

  11. pure, cool, or refreshing, as air.

    Synonyms: unadulterated, sweet, invigorating

  12. denoting a young wine, especially a white or rosé, that is clean, crisp, and uncomplicated.
  13. Meteorology. (of wind) moderately strong or brisk.
  14. Two hundred fresh recruits arrived at the training camp.

    Synonyms: unskilled, raw, artless

    Antonyms: skilled, experienced

  15. Informal. forward or presumptuous.
  16. (of a cow) having recently given birth to a calf.
  17. Slang.


  1. the fresh part or time.
  2. a freshet.

verb (used with or without object)

  1. to make or become fresh.


  1. newly; recently; just now:

    He is fresh out of ideas.

    The eggs are fresh laid.


/ frɛʃ /


  1. not stale or deteriorated; newly made, harvested, etc

    fresh strawberries

    fresh bread

  2. newly acquired, created, found, etc

    fresh publications

  3. novel; original

    a fresh outlook

  4. latest; most recent

    fresh developments

  5. further; additional; more

    fresh supplies

  6. not canned, frozen, or otherwise preserved

    fresh fruit

  7. (of water) not salt
  8. bright or clear

    a fresh morning

  9. chilly or invigorating

    a fresh breeze

  10. not tired; alert; refreshed
  11. not worn or faded

    fresh colours

  12. having a healthy or ruddy appearance
  13. newly or just arrived; straight

    fresh from the presses

  14. youthful or inexperienced
  15. designating a female farm animal, esp a cow, that has recently given birth
  16. informal.
    presumptuous or disrespectful; forward
  17. dialect.
    partially intoxicated; tipsy


  1. the fresh part or time of something
  2. another name for freshet


  1. obsolete.
    to make or become fresh; freshen


  1. in a fresh manner; freshly
  2. fresh out of informal.
    having just run out of supplies of

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Derived Forms

  • ˈfreshly, adverb
  • ˈfreshness, noun

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Other Words From

  • freshly adverb
  • freshness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fresh1

First recorded before 900; Middle English; Old English fersc; cognate with Old Frisian fersk, Old High German frisc ( German frisch ), Old Norse ferskr

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fresh1

Old English fersc fresh, unsalted; related to Old High German frisc , Old French freis , Old Norse ferskr

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Idioms and Phrases

  • breath of fresh air

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Synonym Study

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Example Sentences

Analysis done by the Economic Innovation Group estimates this legislation can transform more than $6 trillion of unrealized capital gains into fresh funding nationwide.

From Fortune

Bri Jones contributed vital rebounding and finishing as starting center, Natisha Hiedeman’s work as backup point guard helped keep starter Jasmine Thomas fresh, and the Sun have found an equilibrium that makes them scary.

By doing so, I was able to bring new, fresh perspectives and networks to the table that will ultimately help Topicals be successful.

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With traditional sports stalled or… er, different, esports and gaming in general have given folks a fresh way to enjoy competition.

You can see a state-by-state and race-by-race breakdown here, where the model will update daily with the freshest data.

From Ozy

“There might be a ‘new fresh thing’ going on here,” said Thom Hartmann, a liberal radio host and Sanders supporter.

But she says that getting some fresh air may help you feel better.

Hitchcock saw human behavior fresh, even in a tired form like melodrama.

It might feel fresh to see Peter Parker juggling with adult issues.

Both Rohan and Kalayjian recommend breathing in some fresh air each day.

In nine days he returned, bringing us the thanks of congress, and fresh orders.

They are unquestionably penitent now; but then, you know, they have the recollection of very recent suffering fresh upon them.

The new galleries had been finished four whole years, but they still looked painfully fresh.

Robert Fitzgerald received a patent in England for making salt water fresh.

The total fresh troops amounted to about 500 men of the 73rd Native Regiment and Spanish cazadores.


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More About Fresh

What is a basic definition of fresh?

Fresh is an adjective that describes something as new or recently made, as being not spoiled or not preserved, or as being energized or not tired. Fresh has many other senses as an adjective and a few as a noun and a verb.

If something is fresh, it has not existed for very long or is so new that it has never been used or seen before.

  • Real-life examples: Kids like to play in fresh snow that is still soft and not frozen. A fresh pen has never been used before. When people want to try something different, they need fresh ideas.
  • Used in a sentence: I grabbed a piece of paper that was fresh out of the pack.

When referring to food, the word fresh is used to mean the food is not spoiled, stale, or going rotten. The word fresh can also mean that food is raw and has not been treated, preserved, pickled, salted, or otherwise altered from its original form.

  • Used in a sentence: That gross, smelly fish clearly isn’t fresh. 

Fresh also means that someone hasn’t used any energy or is full of vigor.

  • Used in a sentence: The tired players sat on the bench and fresh substitutes took their place. 

Where does fresh come from?

The first records of fresh come from before the 900s. It ultimately comes from the Old English fersc, meaning “fresh” or “unsalted.”

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What are some other forms related to fresh?

  • freshly (adverb)
  • freshness (noun)

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How is fresh used in real life?

Fresh is a common word that most often describes something as being new or describes food as being unaltered or not spoiled.



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Which of the following words is a synonym of fresh?

A. old
B. ancient
C. new
D. decrepit

Definitions and idiom definitions from Unabridged, based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

Idioms from The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.




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