[ ri-fresh-ing ]
/ rɪˈfrɛʃ ɪŋ /


having the power to restore freshness, vitality, energy, etc.: a refreshing nap.
pleasingly fresh or different: a refreshing lack of pretense.

Origin of refreshing

First recorded in 1570–80; refresh + -ing2
Related formsre·fresh·ing·ly, adverbre·fresh·ing·ness, nounun·re·fresh·ing, adjectiveun·re·fresh·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for refreshingly


/ (rɪˈfrɛʃɪŋ) /


able to or tending to refresh; invigorating
pleasantly different or novel
Derived Formsrefreshingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for refreshingly



1570s, present participle adjective from refresh (v.). Mental or spiritual sense is attested from 1690s. Related: Refreshingly.

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