Definition of fresh in English:

fresh

Syllabification: fresh
Pronunciation: /freSH
 
/

adjective

  • 2Recently created or experienced and not faded or impaired: the memory was still fresh in their minds
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    • I have come here straight from the dojo with that experience still fresh in my mind.
    • With that experience so fresh in our minds, it would be a shame if the whole sorry episode were to be repeated for broadband.
    • He had only been introduced to it recently and it was fresh in his mind.
  • 2.1(Of food) recently made or obtained; not canned, frozen, or otherwise preserved.
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    • Cabin passengers enjoyed more space, privacy and better food including fresh meat and fruit.
    • In warmer weather the food, especially fresh vegetables and fruit, may need to be replaced more than twice a day.
    • How are these community members able to obtain fresh food, keep medical appointments or transport their children?
    Synonyms
    newly picked, garden-fresh, crisp, unwilted; raw, natural, unprocessed
  • 2.2 [predic.] (Of a person) full of energy and vigor: they are feeling fresh after a good night’s sleep
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    • It's all about training them when you are fresh and have the most energy to devote to them.
    • Her face was fresh and full of life.
    • Just make sure you tackle it again when you're fresh though!
    Synonyms
    refreshed, rested, restored, revived; (as) fresh as a daisy, energetic, vigorous, invigorated, full of vim and vigor, lively, vibrant, spry, sprightly, bright, alert, perky
    informal full of beans, raring to go, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, chirpy, chipper
  • 2.3(Of a color or a person’s complexion) bright or healthy in appearance.
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    • After more than 60 years, they still retain their fresh colours and look even more stylish than the copies made today.
    • With its rich and fresh colours and lovely shape, the countryside pottery looks even more attractive than the luxury kind.
    • He was clean-shaven with a fresh complexion and was wearing a light-coloured flat cap with a long, dark nylon or cotton raincoat.
    Synonyms
    healthy, healthy-looking, clear, bright, youthful, blooming, glowing, unblemished; fair, rosy, rosy-cheeked, pink, ruddy
  • 2.4(Of a person) attractively youthful and inexperienced.
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    • We're new, we're fresh, we're young and we're still a little crazy.
    • At eighteen years old, she was still fresh from adolescence and stinging from the abrupt end of an eight month relationship.
    • She was a very fresh agent, a diminutive girl just recently graduated from college.
    Synonyms
    young, youthful; new, inexperienced, naive, untrained, unqualified, untried, raw
    informal wet behind the ears
  • 2.5 [predic.] (fresh from/out of) (Of a person) having just had (a particular experience) or come from (a particular place): we were fresh out of art school
  • 3(Of water) not salty.
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    • The lake water is fresh near the surface, but remains salty at the bottom.
    • Seafood from salty and fresh waters is plentiful.
    • Sea water and sedimentary brines are volumetrically more important that fresh waters, but are unfit for human consumption.
  • 3.1Pleasantly clean, pure, and cool: a bit of fresh air does her good
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    • Dalian is a sea shore city with fresh air and a clean environment, which will make any tourist feel comfortable.
    • And we always thought life was simpler up north, in the permafrost-flecked land of clean living and fresh air.
    • She walked outside, taking a deep breath of the clean, fresh night air.
    Synonyms
  • 6(Of a cow) yielding a renewed or increased supply of milk following the birth of a calf.

adverb

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  • Newly; recently: fresh-baked bread fresh-cut grass

Phrases

be fresh out of

informal Have just sold or run out of a supply of (something).
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  • It's possible that he is fresh out of constructive ideas on this subject.
  • But after taking a long look at the suspect's eyes and not seeing much spark there, he apologetically explained that he was fresh out of bucks in the till, and would have to go and get some more.
  • He was fresh out of ideas, and his next move could be checkmate.

(as) fresh as a daisy

see daisy.

fresh blood

see blood.

Derivatives

freshness

noun
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  • The freshness of the form in both plays is more than matched by the daring freshness and audacity of the content.
  • They say the meals will be ideal for customers who have little time to cook but still want high quality ingredients and freshness.
  • Equally, the need for these youngsters to be at the forefront every week has placed them in danger of losing their freshness.

Origin

Old English fersc 'not salt, fit for drinking', superseded in Middle English by forms from Old French freis, fresche; both ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Dutch vers and German frisch.

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