1. of or living in water that is fresh or not salt: freshwater fish.
  2. accustomed to fresh water only, and not to the sea: a freshwater sailor.
  3. small, provincial, or little known: a freshwater college.
  4. Obsolete. untrained or of little experience.

noun (modifier)

  1. of, relating to, or living in fresh water
  2. (esp of a sailor who has not sailed on the sea) unskilled or inexperienced
  3. US small and little knowna freshwater school

also fresh water, 1520s, from fresh (adj.1) + water (n.1).

  1. Consisting of or living in water that is not salty.
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