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Origin of fresh

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

synonym study for fresh

1. See new.


freshly, adverbfreshness, noun
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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)

What are some synonyms for fresh?

What are some words that share a root or word element with fresh? 

What are some words that often get used in discussing fresh?

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.



Try using fresh!

Which of the following words is a synonym of fresh?

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

How to use fresh in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for fresh

Derived forms of fresh

freshly, adverbfreshness, noun

Word Origin for fresh

Old English fersc fresh, unsalted; related to Old High German frisc, Old French freis, Old Norse ferskr
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fresh


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