1. (UK/US campus) a student in their first term at a university.
|‘Vincent Eden’ in Bentley’s Misc. 316: He [...] was told that he could not have a fresher than the gentleman in the coffee-room. The luggage was accordingly huddled into the barrow, and the embryo collegian was stepping into the street. [Ibid.] 319: They generally put fresh gentlemen in the back buildings.|
|Oxford & Camdidge Undergraduate's Jrnl 13 199: Freshers, if there are many of them together generally contrive to light upon those who are of their owu tastes and pursuits.|
|Cambridge Rev. 6 313: There has been plenty of cricket in the shape of the Freshers’ match.|
|Student Sl. in Cohen (1997) 6: fresh or freshie n. Freshman.|
|Boy’s Own Paper 17 Nov. 110: Dressed in flannels, long trousers – they must be long to proclaim to the world that you are only a ‘Fresher’.|
|DN II:i 37: fresh, n. A freshman [...] freshie, n. A freshman.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
|Picked for 1920 24 Nov. [synd. col.] The profs sent him back to the freshies with this sign on his skull: ‘Opened by Mistake’.|
|Ottowa Campus 10 Oct. 2/3: Oh, to be a fresh again, I sure would study more.|
|Inimitable Jeeves 123: He was in his fourth year at Oxford when I was a fresher.|
|Downfall 257: That’s what happens when an insignificant freshie has a little luck.|
|World to Win 121: Look at that Goddamn fairy, Ralph Gibson [...] Look at the way he shakes it up. He’s tried to make every freshie on the campus.|
|PS, I Scored the Bridesmaids 22: Three or four freshers, total airheads, roysh.|
2. a new arrival among a group of soldiers.
|diary 6 Nov. [Internet] Freshers are always so eager to hear tale of the Front.|