Word Origin & History
late 13c. metathesis of O.E. fersc "unsalted," from W.Gmc. *friskaz (cf. O.Fris. fersk, Du. vers, Ger. frisch "fresh"), probably cognate with O.C.S. presinu "fresh," Lith. preskas "sweet." The metathesis, and the expanded M.E. senses of "new, pure, eager" are probably by influence of O.Fr. fres (fem.
fresche), from P.Gmc. *frisko-, related to the Eng. word. To freshen a drink, "top it off" is from 1961.
"impudent, presumptuous," 1848, U.S. slang, probably from Ger. frech "insolent, cheeky," from O.H.G. freh "covetous," related to O.E. frec "greedy, bold" (see freak