• recently; just recently; most recently


  • A rush of water, along a river or onto the land; a flood.
  • A stream or spring of fresh water.
  • The mingling of fresh water with salt in rivers or bays, as by means of a flood of fresh water flowing toward or into the sea.



  • From Middle English fressh, from Old English fersc, from Proto-West Germanic *frisk, from Proto-Germanic *friskaz, from Proto-Indo-European *preysk-.
  • Cognate with Scots fresch, West Frisian farsk, Dutch vers, Walloon frexh, German frisch, French frais, Norwegian and Danish frisk, fersk, Icelandic ferskur, Lithuanian prėskas, Russian пре́сный. fresco.
  • Slang sense possibly shortened form of “fresh out the pack”, 1980s routine by Grand Wizzard Theodore.{{cite-book
  • |year=2013
  • |title=The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English, 2nd ed.
  • |editors=Tom Dalzell; Terry Victor
  • |publisher=Routledge
  • |page=914
  • {{cite-song
  • |year=1982
  • |title=Can I Get A Soul Clapp
  • |artist=Grand Wizard Theodore & The Fantastic 5
  • 1848, US slang, probably from German frech, from Middle High German vrech, from Old High German freh, from Proto-Germanic *frekaz, from Proto-Indo-European *(s)pereg-. Cognate with Old English frec and Danish fræk. More at freak.

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