- having the power to restore freshness, vitality, energy, etc.: a refreshing nap.
- pleasingly fresh or different: a refreshing lack of pretense.
Origin of refreshing
- to provide new vigor and energy by rest, food, etc. (often used reflexively).
- to stimulate (the memory).
- to make fresh again; reinvigorate or cheer (a person, the mind, spirits, etc.).
- to freshen in appearance, color, etc., as by a restorative.
- to access (the most recent version of a web page) from the Internet instead of from the cache: I refreshed the page to see the current stock price before executing my online trade.
- to display (an image) repeatedly, as on a CRT, in order to prevent fading.
- to read and write (the contents of dynamic storage) at intervals in order to avoid loss of data.
- to take refreshment, especially food or drink.
- to become fresh or vigorous again; revive.
Origin of refresh
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Related Wordsexhilarating, fresh, bracing, stimulating, invigorating, cooling, different, novel, original, restorative, unique
Examples from the Web for refreshing
His section on why he and his wife split—he essentially chose soccer over her—would be risky if its candor were not so refreshing.Tim Howard’s Wall of Intensity
December 22, 2014
But what he doesn't do much of—and this is refreshing—is delve into the humungous What Does It All Mean?Heartache by the Numbers and OkCupid’s Founder Has Got Yours
October 6, 2014
Her candor and efficiency are refreshing, especially on the once-grungy, now-trendy Orchard Street.New York's Sexiest Kosher Corsets
August 20, 2014
How refreshing it was to see England players swivel and dribble and sell dummies.The Group of Life
June 15, 2014
“For me, this point of view is so refreshing,” Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who plays Belle, told The Daily Beast.Can ‘Belle’ End Hollywood’s Obsession with the White Savior?
May 4, 2014
It is sweet and refreshing to pursue our old subjects of discourse.
There was a refreshing novelty in this case, where one of themselves was the culprit.Within the Law
The Road-Runner ducked once or twice by way of refreshing his memory.The Trail Book
The butter, cool from the rock cellar, was of a refreshing yellow hue.In the Midst of Alarms
"You do not know how refreshing it is, child," as she handed back the empty glass.Rico and Wiseli
- able to or tending to refresh; invigorating
- pleasantly different or novel
- (usually tr or reflexive) to make or become fresh or vigorous, as through rest, drink, or food; revive or reinvigorate
- (tr) to enliven (something worn or faded), as by adding new decorations
- (tr) to stimulate (the memory)
- (tr) to replenish, as with new equipment or stores
- computing to display the latest updated version (of a web page or document); reload
Word Origin and History for refreshing
1570s, present participle adjective from refresh (v.). Mental or spiritual sense is attested from 1690s. Related: Refreshingly.
- To cause to recuperate; revive.
- To renew by stimulation.
- To pare or scrape the edges of a wound to promote healing.