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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.
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  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
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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
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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
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The quality of being novel:
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[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
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


[ˈfrɛʃnɪs] n
[person, book, picture, ideas, approach] → fraîcheur f
[food] → fraîcheur f
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(of food, fruit, wind, paint, breath, memories etc)Frische f; (of outlook)Neuheit f
(inf, = cheekiness) → Frechheit f; (= lack of respect)Pampigkeit f (inf)
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[ˈfrɛʃnɪs] n (of food, air) → freschezza; (of approach) → novità; (impertinence) → impertinenza
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It was delightful to me at all times and seasons, but especially in the wild commotion of a rough sea-breeze, and in the brilliant freshness of a summer morning.
Only at night and in the forests while the dew lasted was there any freshness. But on the road, the highroad along which the troops marched, there was no such freshness even at night or when the road passed through the forest; the dew was imperceptible on the sandy dust churned up more than six inches deep.
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.
Yon moon that cleaves the gloomy pines Has freshness in her train; Low wind, faint stream, and waterfall Haunt me with their refrain.
He was more used to the cold water this second morning, and he revelled in its salt freshness; it rejoiced him to use his limbs freely, and he covered the water with long, firm strokes.
He bent his head towards his shoulder and tried to look pitiful and humble, but for all that he was radiant with freshness and health.
Saxon, brooding over her problem of retaining Billy's love, of never staling the freshness of their feeling for each other and of never descending from the heights which at present they were treading, felt herself impelled toward Mrs.
Perhaps personal experience, at a time of life when responsibility had a special freshness and importance, has induced me to exaggerate to myself the danger of the weather.
A too, too smiling large man, with a fatal freshness on him, appearing with his wife, instantly deserts his wife and darts at Twemlow with:
He had done quite right not to trouble himself with all the political and diplomatic affairs which solicited his attention; for, in the morning, in freshness and mild twilight, his ideas developed themselves in purity and abundance.
The surrounding country was in all the freshness of spring; the trees were in the young leaf, the weather was superb, and everything looked delightful to men just emancipated from a long confinement on shipboard.
Such was the unhappy case of Jones; for though the virtuous love he bore to Sophia, and which left very little affection for any other woman, had been entirely out of the question, he could never have been able to have made any adequate return to the generous passion of this lady, who had indeed been once an object of desire, but was now entered at least into the autumn of life, though she wore all the gaiety of youth, both in her dress and manner; nay, she contrived still to maintain the roses in her cheeks; but these, like flowers forced out of season by art, had none of that lively blooming freshness with which Nature, at the proper time, bedecks her own productions.