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fresh Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. adjective recently made, produced, or harvested
    • fresh bread
    • a fresh scent
    • fresh lettuce
  2. adjective satellite (of a cycle) beginning or occurring again
    • a fresh start
    • fresh ideas
  3. adjective satellite imparting vitality and energy
    refreshful; tonic; refreshing; brisk; bracing.
    • the bracing mountain air
  4. adjective satellite original and of a kind not seen before
    novel; new.
    • the computer produced a completely novel proof of a well-known theorem
  5. adjective not canned or otherwise preserved
    • fresh vegetables
  6. adjective not containing or composed of salt water
    • fresh water
  7. adjective satellite having recently calved and therefore able to give milk
    • the cow is fresh
  8. adjective satellite with restored energy
    refreshed; reinvigorated; invigorated.
  9. adjective satellite not soured or preserved
    unfermented; sweet.
    • sweet milk
  10. adjective satellite free from impurities
    • clean water
    • fresh air
  11. adjective satellite not yet used or soiled
    • a fresh shirt
    • a fresh sheet of paper
    • an unused envelope
  12. adjective satellite improperly forward or bold
    saucy; impudent; wise; overbold; impertinent; sassy; smart.
    • don't be fresh with me
    • impertinent of a child to lecture a grownup
    • an impudent boy given to insulting strangers
    • Don't get wise with me!
  13. adverb very recently
    newly; freshly; new.
    • they are newly married
    • newly raised objections
    • a newly arranged hairdo
    • grass new washed by the rain
    • a freshly cleaned floor
    • we are fresh out of tomatoes

Fresh adjective
OE. fresch, AS. fersc; akin to D. versch, G. frisch, OHG. frisc, Sw. frisk, Dan. frisk, fersk, Icel. frskr frisky, brisk, ferskr fresh; cf. It. fresco, OF. fres, freis, fem. freske, fresche, F. frais, fem. frache, which are of German origin. Cf. Fraischeur, Fresco, Frisk.
comparative Fresher ; superlative Freshest
  1. Possessed of original life and vigor; new and strong; unimpaired; sound.
  2. New; original; additional. "Fear of fresh mistakes." Sir W. Scott.
    A fresh pleasure in every fresh posture of the limbs. Landor.
  3. Lately produced, gathered, or prepared for market; not stale; not dried or preserved; not wilted, faded, or tainted; in good condition; as, fresh vegetables, flowers, eggs, meat, fruit, etc.; recently made or obtained; occurring again; repeated; as, a fresh supply of goods; fresh tea, raisins, etc.; lately come or made public; as, fresh news; recently taken from a well or spring; as, fresh water.
  4. Youthful; florid; as, these fresh nymphs. Shak.
  5. In a raw, green, or untried state; uncultivated; uncultured; unpracticed; as, a fresh hand on a ship.
  6. Renewed in vigor, alacrity, or readiness for action; as, fresh for a combat; hence, tending to renew in vigor; rather strong; cool or brisk; as, a fresh wind.
  7. Not salt; as, fresh water, in distinction from that which is from the sea, or brackish; fresh meat, in distinction from that which is pickled or salted. Syn. -- Sound; unimpaired; recent; unfaded: ruddy; florid; sweet; good: inexperienced; unpracticed: unused; lively; vigorous; strong.
Fresh noun
plural Freshes
  1. A stream or spring of fresh water.
    He shall drink naught but brine; for I'll not show him Where the quick freshes are. Shak.
  2. A flood; a freshet. Prov. Eng. Halliwell.
  3. The mingling of fresh water with salt in rivers or bays, as by means of a flood of fresh water flowing toward or into the sea. Beverly.
Fresh transitive verb
  1. To refresh; to freshen. Obs. Rom. of R.

Webster 1913