Date: 1200-1300
Language: Old French
Origin: freis


Related topics: Nature
fresh S2 W2


adding to or replacing something:
I'll just make some fresh coffee.
The report provides fresh evidence about the way the business was run.
You'll have to start again on a fresh sheet of paper.

new and interesting

good or interesting because it has not been done, seen etc before:
Ryan will bring a fresh approach to the job.
We need some fresh ideas.
Let's take a fresh look at the problem.


done, experienced, or having happened recently:
There were fresh fox tracks around the hen huts.
The accident was still fresh in her mind.

a fresh start

when you start something again in a completely new and different way after being unsuccessful:
I hope Jim and I can get back together and make a fresh start.


a) fresh food has recently been picked or prepared, and is not frozen or preserved
The beans are fresh from the garden.
b) HBP fresh flowers have recently been picked

fresh air

air from outside, especially clean air:
Let's open the windows and have some fresh air in here!

➔ breath of fresh air

at breath (2)

fresh water

fresh water contains no salt and comes from rivers and lakes [↪ saltwater]

taste/smell etc

C [usually before noun] pleasantly clean or cool:
a fresh minty taste
It's a light, fresh wine.


pleasant, bright, and clean [≠ dull]:
The kitchen is decorated in fresh blues and greens.
She has brown hair, hazel eyes and a fresh complexion.


DN if the wind is fresh, it is quite cold and strong:

not tired

[not usually before noun] full of energy because you are not tired:
She always seems fresh and lively, even at the end of the day.
Despite his busy day he arrived looking as fresh as a daisy (=not tired and ready to do things).

fresh from something

a) also fresh out of something American English having just finished your education or training, and not having a lot of experience:
He's fresh out of law school.
b) having just come from a particular place or experience:
The team is fresh from their victory over the French.

be fresh out of something

American English spoken to have just used your last supplies of something:
I'm fresh out of beer. Will you take a cola instead?

fresh-made/fresh-cut/fresh-grated etc

American English having just been made, cut etc:
fresh-ground coffee

get/be fresh with somebody

old-fashioned to behave rudely in a way which shows sexual interest, or lack of respect
freshness noun [uncountable + of]
the freshness of the early morning
the freshness and vitality of youth

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