Definition of fresh adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//freʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//freʃ//
    (fresher, freshest) Energetic, Diet, Taste of food
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  1. 1  (usually of food) recently produced or picked and not frozen, dried or preserved in tins or cans Is this milk fresh? fresh bread/flowers Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. vegetables fresh from the garden Our chefs use only the freshest produce available. See related entries: Diet, Taste of food
  2. new
  3. 2  made or experienced recently fresh tracks in the snow Let me write it down while it's still fresh in my mind.
  4. 3  [usually before noun] new or different in a way that adds to or replaces something fresh evidence I think it's time we tried a fresh approach. a fresh coat of paint The government is said to be taking a fresh look at the matter. They will lose no time in holding fresh elections. Fresh towels are provided every day. Could we order some fresh coffee? This is the opportunity he needs to make a fresh start (= to try something new after not being successful at something else).
  5. clean/cool
  6. 4  [usually before noun] pleasantly clean, pure or cool a toothpaste that leaves a nice fresh taste in your mouth Let's go and get some fresh air (= go outside where the air is cooler). Her hair smelled fresh and newly washed.
  7. water
  8. 5  [usually before noun] containing no salt There is a shortage of fresh water on the island. see also freshwater
  9. weather
  10. 6  (of the wind) quite strong and cold synonym brisk a fresh breeze The winds are likely to get fresher towards the end of the day.
  11. 7(British English) quite cold with some wind It's fresh this morning, isn't it?
  12. clear/bright
  13. 8  looking clear, bright and attractive He looked fresh and neat in a clean white shirt. a collection of summer dresses in fresh colours Regular facials help to keep the skin looking clean and fresh. The yellow paint makes the kitchen look much fresher. a fresh complexion
  14. full of energy
  15. 9[not usually before noun] full of energy Regular exercise will help you feel fresher and fitter. I managed to sleep on the plane and arrived feeling as fresh as a daisy. See related entries: Energetic
  16. just finished
  17. 10fresh from something having just come from a particular place; having just had a particular experience students fresh from college fresh from her success at the Olympic Games
  18. rude/confident
  19. 11[not before noun] fresh (with somebody) (informal) rude and too confident in a way that shows a lack of respect for somebody or a sexual interest in somebody Don't get fresh with me!
  20. Word OriginOld 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.Extra examples Mushrooms don’t stay fresh for long. Put it in the fridge to keep it fresh. The croissants are nice and fresh. There’s some cold beef and a nice fresh loaf. I think it’s time we tried a fresh approach to the problem. Let me write it down while it’s still fresh in my mind. The defence have found fresh evidence that could form the basis of an appeal. The government is said to be taking a fresh look at the matter. The whole place needs a fresh coat of paint. There were fresh tracks through the snow. These vegetables are fresh from the garden. This is the opportunity he needs to make a fresh start.
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