- having the power to restore freshness, vitality, energy, etc.: a refreshing nap.
- pleasingly fresh or different: a refreshing lack of pretense.
Origin of refreshing
Examples from the Web for refreshingly
“It devolved from a very poor neighborhood to a very lawless one,” says Randall, who is refreshingly unsentimental.De Robertis, a New York Great, Bids Farewell
December 4, 2014
Hockney is also refreshingly genuine when it comes to revealing another source of inspiration—other artists.The Many Lives of Artist David Hockney
November 23, 2014
It is refreshingly—to this reader, at least—devoid of phrases like “a new study shows” or “data now support.”America’s Meddlers Are Our Worst Enemies
October 3, 2014
LEGO has succeeded in convincing itself and its public that its brand is endearingly and refreshingly neutral.Why It Took LEGO So Long to Get the Memo: Girls Like Science, Too
August 6, 2014
It was refreshingly candid, but not necessarily theologically sound or comforting to Christian voters.Is Rand Paul Christian Enough for the GOP?
August 2, 2014
He was also refreshingly lucid, as he was on the committees.The Wisdom of Father Brown
G. K. Chesterton
The rest of his speech was ruthlessly and refreshingly practical.
There was refreshingly that little difference in the arrangement of the room.One of Our Conquerors, Complete
The ways of the establishment were refreshingly unconventional.Burgundy: The Splendid Duchy
He was just engagingly, refreshingly young; younger than he had ever been, even as a boy.Old Mole
- able to or tending to refresh; invigorating
- pleasantly different or novel
Word Origin and History for refreshingly
1570s, present participle adjective from refresh (v.). Mental or spiritual sense is attested from 1690s. Related: Refreshingly.