noun British Slang.

Origin of fresher

First recorded in 1880–85; fresh(man) + -er1



adjective, fresh·er, fresh·est.

newly made or obtained: fresh footprints.
recently arrived; just come: fresh from school.
new; not previously known, met with, etc.; novel: to uncover fresh facts; to seek fresh experiences.
additional or further: fresh supplies.
not salty, as water.
retaining the original properties unimpaired; not stale or spoiled: Is the milk still fresh?
not preserved by freezing, canning, pickling, salting, drying, etc.: fresh vegetables.
not tired or fatigued; brisk; vigorous: She was still fresh after that long walk.
not faded, worn, obliterated, etc.: fresh paint; a fresh appearance.
looking youthful and healthy: a fresh beauty that we all admired.
pure, cool, or refreshing, as air.
denoting a young wine, especially a white or rosé, that is clean, crisp, and uncomplicated.
Meteorology. (of wind) moderately strong or brisk.
inexperienced; green; callow: Two hundred fresh recruits arrived at the training camp.
Informal. forward or presumptuous.
(of a cow) having recently given birth to a calf.
  1. exciting; appealing; great.
  2. informed; up-to-date.


the fresh part or time.
a freshet.

verb (used with or without object)

to make or become fresh.


newly; recently; just now: He is fresh out of ideas. The eggs are fresh laid.

Origin of fresh

before 900; Middle English; Old English fersc; cognate with Old Frisian fersk, Old High German frisc (German frisch), Old Norse ferskr
Related formsfresh·ly, adverbfresh·ness, noun

Synonyms for fresh

1. recent. See new. 11. invigorating, sweet, unadulterated. 14. artless, untrained, raw, uncultivated, unskilled.

Antonyms for fresh

1. old. 14. skilled. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for fresher


freshman (ˈfrɛʃmən)

noun plural -ers or -men

a first-year student at college or university



not stale or deteriorated; newly made, harvested, etcfresh bread; fresh strawberries
newly acquired, created, found, etcfresh publications
novel; originala fresh outlook
latest; most recentfresh developments
further; additional; morefresh supplies
not canned, frozen, or otherwise preservedfresh fruit
(of water) not salt
bright or cleara fresh morning
chilly or invigoratinga fresh breeze
not tired; alert; refreshed
not worn or fadedfresh colours
having a healthy or ruddy appearance
newly or just arrived; straightfresh from the presses
youthful or inexperienced
mainly US designating a female farm animal, esp a cow, that has recently given birth
informal presumptuous or disrespectful; forward
Northern English dialect partially intoxicated; tipsy


the fresh part or time of something
another name for freshet


obsolete to make or become fresh; freshen


in a fresh manner; freshly
fresh out of informal having just run out of supplies of
Derived Formsfreshly, 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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Word Origin and History for fresher



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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with fresher


In addition to the idioms beginning with fresh

  • fresh as a daisy
  • fresh out of

also see:

  • breath of fresh air
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