(informal) Of the weather, rather cold.
(informal) fast; speedy
* Melanie Allen, Customer Relations Management (page 6)
- Gosh, it's a bit nippy today: I'd better wear my gloves.
- A Rolls Royce will not do if you need an economical, nippy car that is easy to park.
From (etyl) fresch, fersch, from (etyl) .
Newly produced or obtained.
- He followed the fresh hoofprints to find the deer.
Not cooked, dried, frozen, or spoiled.
- I seem to make fresh mistakes every time I start writing.
- After taking a beating in the boxing ring, the left side of his face looked like fresh meat.
- I brought home from the market a nice bunch of fresh spinach leaves straight from the farm.
(of plant material) Still green and not dried.
- a glass of fresh milk
Refreshing or cool.
- With fresh material, taxonomic conclusions are leavened by recognition that the material examined reflects the site it occupied; a herbarium packet gives one only a small fraction of the data desirable for sound conclusions. Herbarium material does not, indeed, allow one to extrapolate safely: what you see is what you get
(of water) Without salt; not saline.
- What a nice fresh breeze.
* (?), The World Encompassed , Nicholas Bourne (publisher, 1628),
- After a day at sea it was good to feel the fresh water of the stream.
* 1820 , William Scoresby, An Account of the Arctic Regions , Archibald Constable & Co.,
- There we made our ?hip fa?t with foure ropes, in ?mooth water, and the fre?h water ranne downe out of the hill into the ?ea,
* 2009 , Adele Pillitteri, Maternal and Child Health Nursing , Sixth Edition, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, ISBN 9781582559995,
- When dissolved, it produces water sometimes perfectly fresh , and sometimes saltish;
Rested; not tired or fatigued.
- Additional changes that occur when water enters the lungs depend on whether the water is fresh or salt.
In a raw or untried state; uncultured; unpracticed.
- Before the match, Hodgson had expressed the hope that his players would be fresh rather than rusty after an 18-day break from league commitments because of two successive postponements.
- a fresh hand on a ship
- these fresh nymphs
* See also
* fresh air
* fresh as a daisy
* fresh bean
* fresh country eggs
* fresh breeze
* fresh fish
* fresh food
* fresh frozen plasma
* fresh gale
* fresh ground/fresh-ground
* fresh legs
* fresh off the boat
* fresh out of
* fresh start
* fresh water/freshwater
* hotter than a fresh fucked fox in a forest fire
A rush of water, along a river or onto the land; a flood.
* 1834 , David Crockett, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett (Nebraska, 1987), page 21:
A stream or spring of fresh water.
- They went on very well with their work until it was nigh done, when there came the second epistle to Noah's fresh , and away went their mill, shot, lock, and barrel.
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.
- He shall drink naught but brine; for I'll not show him / Where the quick freshes are.
1848, US slang, probably from (etyl) . More at (l).
Rude, cheeky, or inappropriate; presumptuous; disrespectful; forward.
Sexually aggressive or forward; prone to caress too eagerly; overly flirtatious.
- No one liked his fresh comments.
- Hey, don't get fresh with me!
* get fresh
* See also