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fresh (comparative fresher, superlative freshest)

  1. Newly produced or obtained; recent.
    He followed the fresh hoofprints to find the deer.
    I seem to make fresh mistakes every time I start writing.
    With his recent divorce still fresh in his mind, he was unable to concentrate on his work.
  2. (of food) Not cooked, dried, frozen, or spoiled.
    Antonyms: stale
    After taking a beating in the boxing ring, the left side of his face looked like fresh meat.
    I brought home from the market a nice bunch of fresh spinach leaves straight from the farm.
    a glass of fresh milk
  3. (of plant material) Still green and not dried.
    • 1992, Rudolf M[athias] Schuster, The Hepaticae and Anthocerotae of North America: East of the Hundredth Meridian, volume V, New York, N.Y.: Columbia University Press, →ISBN, page vii:
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  4. Invigoratingly cool and refreshing.
    Synonyms: cool
    What a nice fresh breeze.
  5. (of water) Without salt; not saline.
    Antonyms: saline
    After a day at sea it was good to feel the fresh water of the stream.
    • ante 1628 Sir Francis Drake (?), The World Encompassed, Nicholas Bourne (publisher, 1628), page 49 ↗:
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    • 1820, William Scoresby, An Account of the Arctic Regions, Archibald Constable & Co., page 230 ↗:
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    • 2009, Adele Pillitteri, Maternal and Child Health Nursing, Sixth Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, ISBN 9781582559995, page 1557 ↗:
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  6. Rested; not tired or fatigued.
    Synonyms: rested
    Antonyms: tired
    • Before the match, Hodgson had expressed the hope that his players would be fresh rather than rusty after an 18-day break from league commitments because of two successive postponements.
  7. In a raw or untried state; uncultured; unpracticed.
    Synonyms: Thesaurus:inexperienced
    a fresh hand on a ship
  8. Youthful; florid.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene i]:
      these fresh nymphs
  9. (slang) Good, fashionable.
    Synonyms: cool, fashionable
    a fresh pair of sneakers
  10. (archaic, slang) Tipsy; drunk.
    • 1840, Parliamentary Papers (volume 9, page 43)
      How long did Mr. Crisp stay with you?—He might have stayed two hours; he stayed some time after; he drank ale and got fresh.
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fresh (not comparable)

  1. recently; just recently; most recently
    We are fresh out of milk.

fresh (plural freshes)

  1. A rush of water, along a river or onto the land; a flood.
    • 1834, David Crockett, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (Nebraska, 1987), page 21:
      They went on very well with their work until it was nigh done, when there came the second epistle to Noah's fresh, and away went their mill, shot, lock, and barrel.
  2. A stream or spring of fresh water.
    • c. 1610-11, William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Act III, Scene ii:
      […] And take his bottle from him. / When that's gone, / He shall drink naught but brine, for I'll not show him / Where the quick freshes are.
  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.

fresh (freshes, present participle freshing; past and past participle freshed)

  1. (commercial fishing) To pack (fish) loosely on ice.
  2. To flood or dilute an area of salt water with flowing fresh water.
  3. (of wind) To become stronger.
  4. To rebore the barrel of a rifle or shotgun.
  5. To update.
  6. To freshen up.
  7. To renew.
  8. (of a dairy cow) to give birth to a calf.
1848, US slang, probably from German frech, from German, Middle High (ca.1050-1500) vrech, from German, Old High (ca.750-1050) freh, from Proto-Germanic *frekaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pereg-. Adjective

fresh (comparative fresher, superlative freshest)

  1. Rude, cheeky, or inappropriate; presumptuous; disrespectful; forward.
    No one liked his fresh comments.
  2. Sexually aggressive or forward; prone to caress too eagerly; overly flirtatious.
    Hey, don't get fresh with me!
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