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adj. fresh·er, fresh·est
a. New to one's experience; not encountered before: fresh evidence.
b. Unusual or different: a fresh approach on the problem. See Synonyms at new.
a. Recently made, produced, or harvested; not stale or spoiled: fresh bread.
b. Not preserved, as by canning, smoking, or freezing: fresh vegetables.
3. Not saline or salty: fresh water.
a. Not yet used or soiled; clean: a fresh sheet of paper.
b. Free from impurity or pollution; pure: fresh air.
c. Not dull or faded: a fresh memory.
d. Newly applied, especially to restore or enhance: a fresh coat of paint.
5. Fairly strong and often cool; brisk: a fresh wind.
a. Having just arrived: fashions fresh from Paris.
b. Untried or trained but not experienced: fresh volunteers.
a. Revived or reinvigorated; refreshed: I was fresh as a daisy after the nap.
b. Rested and ready for a long ride. Used of horses.
c. Having the glowing or unspoiled appearance of youth: a fresh complexion.
8. Having recently calved and therefore producing milk. Used of a cow.
9. Informal Lacking respectful restraint; impudent: Don't get fresh with me!
10. Slang Excellent; first-rate.
Recently; newly: fresh out of milk; muffins baked fresh daily.
1. The early part: the fresh of the day.
2. A freshet.

[Middle English, from Old English fersc, pure, not salty, and from Old French freis (feminine fresche), new, recent, of Germanic origin.]

fresh′ly adv.
fresh′ness n.


  1. (She looks as) clear as morning roses newly washed with dew —William Shakespeare
  2. Fresh as a daisy —Slogan, June Dairy Products Co.
  3. Fresh as an unveiled statue —Henry James
  4. Fresh as any rose —John Lydgate

    The natural association between freshness and flowers has made this simile and its variants a common expression. The daisy rivals the rose as a popular comparison.

  5. (Looking as) fresh as apple blossoms among the tender leaves of late spring —Frank Swinnerton
  6. Fresh as April grass —Karl Shapiro
  7. Fresh [in the face] as a rainwashed rose —Reynolds Price
  8. Fresh as a spring morning —Slogan, Little America frozen foods
  9. Fresh as hope —Susan Engberg
  10. Fresh as paint —Francis Edward Smedley
  11. Fresh as the dawn —Anon

    An extension used as a slogan by Pacific Egg Producers: “Fresh as dewy dawn.”

  12. Fresh as the month of May —Geoffrey Chaucer

    The above is modernized from, “As fresh as is the month of May.”

  13. Fresh as salt-drenched skin —Theodore Roethke
  14. Fresh as the morning —Slogan, Campbell’s corn flakes
  15. Fresh as the morning wind that tatters the mist —Marge Piercy
  16. Fresh as thyme or parsley —W. H. Auden
  17. Fresh as tomorrow —James G. Huneker
  18. Fresh as yesterday —Shelby Hearon

    In Hearon’s novel, A Small Town, what’s fresh is a family feud.

  19. Fresh like frilled linen clean from a laundry —Virginia Woolf
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.freshness - the property of being pure and fresh (as if newly made)freshness - the property of being pure and fresh (as if newly made); not stale or deteriorated; "she loved the freshness of newly baked bread"; "the freshness of the air revived him"
newness - the quality of being new; the opposite of oldness
crispness - a pleasing firmness and freshness; "crispness of new dollar bills"; "crispness of fresh lettuce"
staleness - having lost purity and freshness as a consequence of aging
2.freshness - originality by virtue of being refreshingly novelfreshness - originality by virtue of being refreshingly novel
originality - the quality of being new and original (not derived from something else)
3.freshness - an alert and refreshed statefreshness - an alert and refreshed state  
good health, healthiness - the state of being vigorous and free from bodily or mental disease
4.freshness - originality by virtue of being new and surprising
originality - the ability to think and act independently
5.freshness - the trait of being rude and impertinent; inclined to take liberties
rudeness, discourtesy - a manner that is rude and insulting
chutzpa, chutzpah, hutzpah - (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity


1. novelty, creativity, originality, inventiveness, newness, innovativeness They have a freshness and individuality that others lack.
2. cleanness, shine, glow, bloom, sparkle, vigour, brightness, wholesomeness, clearness, dewiness the freshness of early morning


The quality of being novel:


[ˈfreʃnɪs] N
1. [of food] → frescura f
2. [of air] → frescor m
3. [of face, complexion] → frescura f, lozanía f
4. (= originality, spontaneity) [of style] → originalidad f, frescura f


[ˈfrɛʃnɪs] n
[person, book, picture, ideas, approach] → fraîcheur f
[food] → fraîcheur f


(of food, fruit, wind, paint, breath, memories etc)Frische f; (of outlook)Neuheit f
(inf, = cheekiness) → Frechheit f; (= lack of respect)Pampigkeit f (inf)


[ˈfrɛʃnɪs] n (of food, air) → freschezza; (of approach) → novità; (impertinence) → impertinenza
References in classic literature ?
Five years after Jo's wedding, one of these fruitful festivals occurred, a mellow October day, when the air was full of an exhilarating freshness which made the spirits rise and the blood dance healthily in the veins.
Human blood, in order to keep its freshness, should run in hidden streams, as the water of an aqueduct is conveyed in subterranean pipes.
It went with me on my sea-shore walks and rambles into the country, whenever -- which was seldom and reluctantly -- I bestirred myself to seek that invigorating charm of Nature which used to give me such freshness and activity of thought, the moment that I stepped across the threshold of the Old Manse.
I was a little late on the scene, and I felt, as he stood wistfully looking out for me before the door of the inn at which the coach had put him down, that I had seen him, on the instant, without and within, in the great glow of freshness, the same positive fragrance of purity, in which I had, from the first moment, seen his little sister.
He goes and hunts for his oil, so as to be sure of its freshness and genuineness, even as the traveller on the prairie hunts up his own supper of game.
Know, then, innocent eastern friend, that in benighted regions of the west, where the mud is of unfathomable and sublime depth, roads are made of round rough logs, arranged transversely side by side, and coated over in their pristine freshness with earth, turf, and whatsoever may come to hand, and then the rejoicing native calleth it a road, and straightway essayeth to ride thereupon.
It was most lovely and pleasant in those sylvan solitudes in the early cool morning in the first freshness of autumn.
With a soft reminiscent sigh suggestive of bygone joys that may be tasted in their freshness but once.
She was very showy, but she was not genuine: she had a fine person, many brilliant attainments; but her mind was poor, her heart barren by nature: nothing bloomed spontaneously on that soil; no unforced natural fruit delighted by its freshness.
And though he laughed, Mary was at the window in a moment and in a moment more it was opened wide and freshness and softness and scents and birds' songs were pouring through.
Although she was now in her forty-fourth year; although she had been tried, in bygone times, by the premature loss of more than one of her children, and by long attacks of illness which had followed those bereavements of former years -- she still preserved the fair proportion and subtle delicacy of feature, once associated with the all-adorning brightness and freshness of beauty, which had left her never to return.
First, the lonely boar-spears and knives of the chase had been reddened as of old; then, had gleamed trenchant in the morning sunshine; now, doors and windows were thrown open, horses in their stables looked round over their shoulders at the light and freshness pouring in at doorways, leaves sparkled and rustled at iron-grated windows, dogs pulled hard at their chains, and reared impatient to be loosed.