Definition of fresh in US English:

fresh

adjective

  • 1(of food) recently made or obtained; not canned, frozen, or otherwise preserved.

    ‘fresh fruit’
    • ‘Cabin passengers enjoyed more space, privacy and better food including fresh meat and fruit.’
    • ‘Consumption of fresh foods - meat, fish and fruit - is above average.’
    • ‘Lifestyles dictate that many people eat on the move so King needs to look at customer behaviour and fit into that by offering fast food with fresh ingredients.’
    • ‘There is no need to buy frozen ingredients when so much fresh food is available.’
    • ‘How are these community members able to obtain fresh food, keep medical appointments or transport their children?’
    • ‘Mrs Lock and her assistants use locally produced fruit and vegetables and fresh meat from a local butcher.’
    • ‘Eat high-fiber foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, brans and whole grains.’
    • ‘Tesco believes that in future, tags can be attached to fresh food such as fruit or meat products, and programmed with the item's sell-by date.’
    • ‘Nutritionists decide that servings of fruit or fresh juice are worth a certain number of points, but fizzy drinks and sweets count for nothing.’
    • ‘To anyone used to cooking their own Indian food using fresh spices, such flavours are strangely mute with no individual spice or flavour discernible.’
    • ‘Other high-energy foods include fresh vegetables, which should constitute forty percent of the meal.’
    • ‘The main dish is steamed aromatic rice served with one or more stews made of meat and a fresh vegetable or fruit.’
    • ‘There are two course menus and an a la carte menu with plentiful seafood in season, fresh vegetables and fruits.’
    • ‘Each chef will provide their signature dish using only natural Irish foods and fresh ingredients.’
    • ‘Preferably use fresh garlic in your food, or, if this is not always possible, take a garlic supplement available from your health store.’
    • ‘In warmer weather the food, especially fresh vegetables and fruit, may need to be replaced more than twice a day.’
    • ‘Foods such as fresh fruit, potatoes and plain pasta contain very little salt.’
    • ‘For the first ten days Budhan ate only fresh salads and drank fresh vegetable and fruit juices and water.’
    • ‘All ingredients are fresh and the food is prepared daily.’
    • ‘The price of dairy products is about to rise because of petrol, and other basic foods like meat and fresh fruit and vegetables are expected to be next.’
    newly harvested, garden-fresh, not stale, crisp, firm, unwilted, unfaded
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  • 2Not previously known or used; new or different.

    ‘the court had heard fresh evidence’
    • ‘‘I just can't paint fast enough to create fresh work for this number of events,’ he said.’
    • ‘As I'd been scrambling to create one, a fresh opportunity landed in my lap.’
    • ‘We have to find its fresh tracks in the area and for that we started walking and climbing hills and riverbeds.’
    • ‘The flooding threat hanging over Ryedale could prevent scores of fresh jobs being created at a redundant clothing factory.’
    • ‘Green vines and white roses were intricately placed to create a fresh effect.’
    • ‘Instead, he creates fresh, original compositions that stand on their own.’
    • ‘Danny, 22, left Manchester for Glasgow to make a fresh start after he fell in with ‘the wrong crowd’ and got into drugs.’
    • ‘Although the future appears bleak, the opportunity is there to make a fresh start.’
    • ‘The compensation will enable her to clear her debts, repay the money she borrowed from her mother and make a fresh start.’
    • ‘Free from the personal traumas of the past, they can make a fresh start at a practical working relationship.’
    • ‘She and her mother plan to make a fresh start in Canada.’
    • ‘‘They bring fresh ideas and a modern outlook into the group,’ said Mr Robinson.’
    • ‘The event is at the heart of a masterplan to create a fresh image for the city.’
    • ‘Given the council's history of chaotic financial management, leaders thought it prudent to make a fresh start.’
    • ‘Now, I am waiting for their next version in the coming year to make a fresh start.’
    • ‘In order to assist our Government in creating fresh legislation, we needed to educate the general public that this was a viable solution.’
    • ‘We've been given the opportunity to make a fresh start and build something from scratch.’
    • ‘She's being pragmatic about the need to sell her house but she's using it as an opportunity to make a fresh start.’
    • ‘You may feel like running away from romance during a spell that is likely to bring confusion into that area of your life and thereby create fresh problems.’
    • ‘Speaking to mediapersons in Bangalore, Anita said that she has cast new faces to give a fresh look that will create a new chemistry on screen.’
    new, brand new, recent, latest, up to date, modern, modernistic, ultra-modern, newfangled
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    1. 2.1 Recently created or experienced and not faded or impaired.
      ‘the memory was still fresh in their minds’
      • ‘This time frame was chosen so that the classroom experience was still fresh in the students' minds.’
      • ‘The fondness is so fresh I assumed he was talking about a recent trip.’
      • ‘Many have fled the province, bringing with them fresh experiences of life and death under martial law.’
      • ‘With that experience fresh in my mind, I was pleasantly surprised with the high quality of this transfer.’
      • ‘I have come here straight from the dojo with that experience still fresh in my mind.’
      • ‘They said they missed friends and some things, but I think India was still a fresh experience.’
      • ‘With that experience so fresh in our minds, it would be a shame if the whole sorry episode were to be repeated for broadband.’
      • ‘The drama he had created the last time he had been around was still fresh in my mind.’
      • ‘He had only been introduced to it recently and it was fresh in his mind.’
      • ‘Many years down the line, the experience is still fresh in his memory.’
      • ‘Events that have befallen several UK biotech companies in recent years are still fresh in the mind.’
      • ‘The last wisps of her dream were still fresh in her mind, as if she was still experiencing them now.’
    2. 2.2 (of a person) attractively youthful and inexperienced.
      ‘a fresh young girl’
      • ‘Now fresh volunteers can gain qualifications in tennis, hockey, men's and women's rugby and cricket.’
      • ‘He had come out of his York race incredibly well, he hadn't lost any weight, he was very fresh.’
      • ‘However, she lauds the new crop of singers saying they are fresh.’
      • ‘We need fresh people who are more aware and less stuck in the old mindset.’
      • ‘She was a very fresh agent, a diminutive girl just recently graduated from college.’
      • ‘We're new, we're fresh, we're young and we're still a little crazy.’
      • ‘They're so fresh and famous that they even had to change their name over in Merseyside, where they're known as Sayers.’
      • ‘If it was good enough they would release it as a single in its own right, even if it needed attention from fresh musicians in north London.’
      • ‘But then we were fresh and it was our only gig of the day.’
      • ‘At eighteen years old, she was still fresh from adolescence and stinging from the abrupt end of an eight month relationship.’
      • ‘Dionysia Didier, volleyball coach, says St Lucia is fielding a relatively fresh team this year.’
      young, youthful, juvenile, adolescent, boyish, girlish, new, newly arrived
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  • 3predicative (of a person) full of energy and vigor.

    ‘they are feeling fresh after a good night's sleep’
    • ‘Having had a break I'm fresh and the motivation is definitely there.’
    • ‘It's all about training them when you are fresh and have the most energy to devote to them.’
    • ‘Perhaps it's also because I'm not arriving after already spending a whole day in an office so I'm still fresh and awake.’
    • ‘Anne deliberately missed the time trial earlier in the week to ensure that she was fresh for the big race and her strategy certainly paid dividends.’
    • ‘In the morning I am fresh and rosy and utterly not hungover.’
    • ‘At least he is fresh for the tough Scotland squad training sessions, the mere thought of which has some players reaching for the ice pack.’
    • ‘Just make sure you tackle it again when you're fresh though!’
    • ‘Her face was fresh and full of life.’
    • ‘Just how important is it to go tonight instead of getting a good night's sleep and starting fresh in the morning?’
    refreshed, rested, restored, revived, like a new person
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    1. 3.1 (of a color or a person's complexion) bright or healthy in appearance.
      ‘her dark hair set off her fresh complexion to perfection’
      • ‘Briza maxima has also seeded itself in this pot, adding height and movement as well as a contrasting colour as it fades from fresh green to pale brown.’
      • ‘There's something about them that make the colours so bright, crisp and fresh.’
      • ‘I looked at the palm of my hand, now covered with fresh, bright, lime-green paint.’
      • ‘Once a week, use an exfoliator to help your skin shed dead cells and keep your complexion looking fresh.’
      • ‘He was clean-shaven with a fresh complexion and was wearing a light-coloured flat cap with a long, dark nylon or cotton raincoat.’
      • ‘After more than 60 years, they still retain their fresh colours and look even more stylish than the copies made today.’
      • ‘The bright and fresh colors seen on the dark, black bottom under water, seem to have been created by freezing.’
      • ‘Pick shelling peas when the pods are fully plump and a fresh green colour.’
      • ‘I opted to sit and look at the fresco, whose fresh colours lifted my spirits despite my horrible cold.’
      • ‘She had a fresh complexion and a bubbly attitude that made her perfect for the part.’
      • ‘He has brown eyes, a fresh complexion, is of stocky build and is generally of casual appearance.’
      • ‘With its rich and fresh colours and lovely shape, the countryside pottery looks even more attractive than the luxury kind.’
      healthy, healthy-looking, clear, bright, youthful, youthful-looking, wholesome, blooming, glowing, unblemished
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  • 4(of water) not salty.

    ‘all the fresh water in the world's lakes’
    • ‘Flounder can even be found many miles from the sea, high up in rivers where the water is completely fresh.’
    • ‘The project will help that state implement its new law banning lead sinkers weighing less than one ounce from fresh waters.’
    • ‘That is damaging to native fish life and plant life, and contributes to the degradation of fresh waters.’
    • ‘Sea water and sedimentary brines are volumetrically more important that fresh waters, but are unfit for human consumption.’
    • ‘Even the taste of it, like air, is neutral, because initially the water is fresh, not salt.’
    • ‘The lake water is fresh near the surface, but remains salty at the bottom.’
    • ‘The bull sharks are also special because they can survive in fresh waters.’
    • ‘A new advertising campaign due for the end of the summer will highlight Belhaven's Scottish roots and its use of fresh local water.’
    • ‘The shellfish, which favour the fresh waters of the region's lakes, are usually found in dense beds.’
    • ‘Seafood from salty and fresh waters is plentiful.’
    • ‘Surprisingly enough, it was glistening with the beauty of all natural fresh waters.’
    • ‘A container with fresh creek water made out of a sealed off and hollowed bamboo stick hung from his leather belt.’
    • ‘Less than 30 miles from the centre of Glasgow, in the fresh waters of Loch Lomond, three uninhabited islands are for sale.’
    • ‘Its distribution is restricted to the fresh waters of eastern and central North America.’
    • ‘What we need is mandatory regional planning for fresh waters.’
    • ‘Scott was also unaware of any barnacles that reside in fresh waters.’
    • ‘There are signs that the water was not fresh, as typical of most lakes, but marine or brackish.’
    • ‘Cichlids inhabit fresh waters, and many species are endemic to isolated lake environments.’
    • ‘Here on the edge of the sea, as fresh groundwater is depleted, sea-water is beginning to push in.’
    • ‘Unless indicated otherwise, all statements that follow pertain to both marine and fresh waters.’
  • 5(of the wind) cool and fairly strong.

    ‘a fresh northerly wind was speeding the ship southwards’
    • ‘For the most part, conditions were benign with sunshine and fresh winds.’
    • ‘During Autumn, flights of noisily calling fieldfares often pass low over our garden heading into a fresh south-westerly wind.’
    • ‘She stepped in the draughty passageway, whittled by fresh winds though it was summer.’
    • ‘The journey began well, with a fresh southerly wind for the first few hours, but it then turned squally with drizzle.’
    • ‘The wind is now fresh; the climb is fairly steady.’
    • ‘They played into the fresh wind in the opening half but appeared well placed at the interval.’
    • ‘I came from a small town, where the wind is fresh and cool, you could taste the air on your lips.’
    • ‘The cool and fresh mountain wind on his face did not calm him as it should.’
    • ‘To the expedition a fresh wind from the right direction would have been an event of tremendous significance.’
    • ‘It has always kept the windows open for fresh winds to blow in.’
    • ‘The evening was well attended with usual crowd of avid networkers chatting away to one another in the fresh easterly winds at the Varuna Yacht Club.’
    • ‘We were sailing northeast in a fresh wind out of the northwest.’
    • ‘The missing lights sent more chills through her than the fresh wind picking up around her.’
    • ‘Her cheeks flushed, but it had to be the fresh wind, they both concluded.’
    chilly, cool, cold, brisk, bracing, invigorating
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    1. 5.1 Pleasantly clean, pure, and cool.
      ‘the toothpaste leaves the mouth feeling wonderfully fresh’
      • ‘It was pleasantly cool outside, and the air was delightfully fresh compared to that of the city.’
      • ‘No clouds were anywhere present, and the air smelled fresh and clean.’
      • ‘Easily accessible, this tourist area is noted for its beauty, and cool, fresh mountain air.’
      • ‘The air felt fresh after our time in Kathmandu Valley, where brick kilns and fires generate a thick layer of smog that blankets the city.’
      • ‘As he stood on the lawn outside, Garth breathed in the fresh, cool air.’
      • ‘The air was fresh and clean as if it had rained the night before.’
      • ‘The crisp, fall air is fresher.’
      • ‘The doctor ordered an X ray of her lungs, observed something peculiar on the film, decided it was tuberculosis, and sent her to a sanatorium in the foothills where the air was fresher.’
      • ‘Mint, tea tree and cinnamon keep breath fresh.’
      • ‘Arriving back at Gatwick, the air felt fresher and my shoulders lighter.’
      • ‘The phyto-chemicals kill the odor-causing bacteria and leave your mouth fresh.’
      cool, crisp, refreshing, invigorating, tonic
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  • 6fresh from/out ofpredicative (of a person) having just had (a particular experience) or come from (a particular place)

    ‘we were fresh out of art school’
  • 7informal Presumptuous toward someone, especially in a sexual way.

    ‘one truck driver decided to get fresh with me’
    • ‘Because I get fresh with them and don't want to do what they say.’
    impudent, impertinent, insolent, presumptuous, audacious, forward, cheeky, irreverent, discourteous, disrespectful, insubordinate, rude, crude, brazen, brazen-faced, brash, shameless, pert, defiant, bold, bold as brass, as bold as brass, outrageous, shocking, out of line
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  • 8(of a cow) yielding a renewed or increased supply of milk following the birth of a calf.

adverb

  • usually in combination 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).

      • ‘Or you may be fresh out of layout ideas and may glean some inspiration by starting with a basic page.’
      • ‘If you had to check your camera, you likely would have been fresh out of luck on that trip.’
      • ‘The only problem with that was Peter was fresh out of inspiration.’
      • ‘It's possible that he is fresh out of constructive ideas on this subject.’
      • ‘He was fresh out of ideas, and his next move could be checkmate.’
      • ‘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.’
      be without, have need of, be in need of, need, be lacking, require, want, feel the want of, be short of, be deficient in, stand in need of, go without, be bereft of, be deprived of, be low on, be pressed for, not have enough of, be devoid of, have insufficient, cry out for
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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.

Pronunciation

fresh

/freSH//frɛʃ/