Green’s Dictionary of Slang

fresh adj.2

[1980s+] (US black/campus) smart, ‘on the ball‘, aware, attractive; a general term of approval, varying as to context and applying to objects and events as well as people.

In compounds

fresh cut (n.)

[1980s+] (US black) a short, neat haircut.

In phrases

bust fresh (v.)

[1980s+] (US teen) to look one’s best, usu. coupled to a specific event, such as a party, an anniversary, a festival.

fresh and fast (adj.) (also fresh and forward) [20C+] (W.I.)

1. cheeky and impertinent.

2. sexually promiscuous.

3. of meat, smelling raw (although not stale).

4. of fish, smelling ‘off’.

5. of popular music, in the latest style.

fresh-up (adj.) [20C+] (W.I.)

1. precocious.

2. sexually cheeky, suggestive.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

fresh cat (n.)

[1900s–30s] (US tramp) a new, inexperienced tramp.

fresh cow (n.)

[1920s–30s] (US tramp) one who has just developed a venereal disease.

fresh fish (n.) [note later fish n.1 (6)] [mid-19C+]

1. (US prison) a new inmate in a prison; thus fresh fish special, the prison crop given to a new inmate.

2. any novice, e.g. a new recruit.

3. a new young prostitute.

fresh hide (n.) [hide n. (1)]

[1980s+] (US black) a new lover or sexual partner.

freshman (n.)

[1950s] (US drugs) a novice drug user.

fresh meat (n.)

see separate entry.

fresh union (adj.) [? SAmE union suit, a suit of one-piece underwear]

[1980s+] (US) clean, healthy.

fresh vegetable (n.)

[1990s+] (W.I.) from the perspective of an older woman, the young man one is having a relationship with.

fresh-whites (n.)

[late 19C] a pallid complexion.

In phrases

fresh as paint (adj.) [play on SE fresh as paint, blooming, healthy]

[1910s] (Aus.) naïve.