verb \ˈsprüs\

Definition of SPRUCE

transitive verb
:  to make spruce —often used with up
intransitive verb
:  to make oneself spruce <spruce up a bit>

First Known Use of SPRUCE




: neat, clean, or stylish in appearance


Full Definition of SPRUCE

:  neat or smart in appearance :  trim
spruce·ly adverb
spruce·ness noun

Examples of SPRUCE

  1. He looked very spruce in his new suit.
  2. <a slim, spruce man in a tailor-made business suit>

Origin of SPRUCE

perhaps from obsolete English Spruce leather leather imported from Prussia
First Known Use: 1599



: a type of tree that has long, thin needles instead of leaves and that stays green throughout the year

: the wood of a spruce tree

plural spruc·es also spruce

Full Definition of SPRUCE

a :  any of a genus (Picea) of evergreen trees of the pine family with a conical head of dense foliage, flat or 4-sided needles, pendulous cones, and soft light wood
b :  any of several coniferous trees (as Douglas fir) of similar habit
:  the wood of a spruce

Origin of SPRUCE

obsolete Spruce Prussia, from Middle English, alteration of Pruce, from Anglo-French
First Known Use: 1670

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil


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