views updated May 17 2018

fresh / fresh/ • adj. 1. not previously known or used; new or different: the court had heard fresh evidence.2. recently created or experienced and not faded or impaired: the memory was still fresh in their minds. ∎  (of food) recently made or obtained; not canned, frozen, or otherwise preserved. ∎  (of a person) full of energy and vigor: they are feeling fresh after a good night's sleep. ∎  (of a color or a person's complexion) bright or healthy in appearance. ∎  (of a person) attractively youthful and inexperienced. ∎  (fresh from/out of) (of a person) having just had (a particular experience) or come from (a particular place): we were fresh out of art school.3. (of water) not salty. ∎  pleasantly clean, pure, and cool: a bit of fresh air does her good.4. (of the wind) cool and fairly strong.5. inf. presumptuous or impudent toward someone, esp. in a sexual way: some of the men tried to get fresh with the girls.6. (of a cow) yielding a renewed or increased supply of milk following the birth of a calf.• adv. [usu. in comb.] newly; recently: fresh-baked bread fresh-cut grass.PHRASES: be fresh out of inf. have just sold or run out of a supply of (something). (as) fresh as a daisysee daisy.fresh bloodsee blood.DERIVATIVES: fresh·ness n.ORIGIN: Old English fersc ‘not salt, fit for drinking,’ superseded in Middle English by forms from Old French freis, fresche; both ultimately of Germanic origin and related to Dutch vers and German frisch.


views updated May 17 2018

Fresh ★★½ 1994 (R)

Intelligent 12-year-old boy runs heroin in the morning and sells crack after school in a tough Brooklyn neighborhood. Enterprising young man draws life lessons from chess-hustler father Jackson and heroin-dealing mentor Esposito, so he looks for a way out of the dead-end business. First time director Yakin plays it straight, foregoing the usual Hollywood-style rap and automatic weapons approach to convey the message that circumstances can kill innocence just as effectively as a bullet. Startling but subdued atmosphere allows the plot and characters to become more complicated than first suspected. Excellent performance by newcomer Nelson as the kid. 114m/C VHS, DVD . FR Samuel L. Jackson, Giancarlo Esposito, Sean Nelson, N'Bushe Wright, Ron Brice, Jean LaMarre, Luis Lantigua, Yul Vazquez, Cheryl Freeman; D: Boaz Yakin; W: Boaz Yakin; C: Adam Holender. Ind. Spirit ‘95: Debut Perf. (Nelson); Sundance ‘94: Special Jury Prize, Filmmakers Trophy.


views updated Jun 27 2018

fresh For food labelling and advertising purposes, the US Food and Drug Administration has defined fresh to mean a food that is raw, has never been frozen or heated, and contains no preservatives. (Irradiation at low levels is permitted.) ‘Fresh frozen’ and ‘frozen fresh’ may be used for foods that are quickly frozen while still fresh, and blanching before freezing is permitted.


views updated May 29 2018

fresh †eager, ardent XII; brisk, vigorous; not salty XIII; new, novel, recent; having the signs of newness, not tainted, sullied, or worn XIV; of wind XVI. — OF. freis, fem. fresche (mod. frais, fraîche) = It. fresco :- Rom. *friscus — Gmc. *friskaz, repr. by OE. fersċ in senses ‘not salted, not salt’ = OFris., MDu. fersc (Du. vers), OHG. frisc (G. frisch), ON. ferskr.
Hence freshen XVII; see -EN5.


views updated May 21 2018

fresh fresh fields and pastures new new areas of activity, from a misquotation of Milton's ‘Lycidas’ (1638), ‘Tomorrow to fresh woods and pastures new.’

See also don't throw out your dirty water until you get in fresh.


views updated May 23 2018

FRESH (frɛʃ) foil research hydrofoil