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spruce

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verb \ˈsprüs\

Definition of spruce

sprucedspruc·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to make spruce —often used with up

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to make oneself spruce <spruce up a bit>



1594

First Known Use of spruce

1594


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spruce

adjective

Simple Definition of spruce

  • : neat, clean, or stylish in appearance

Full Definition of spruce

spruc·erspruc·est

  1. :  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


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spruce

noun

Simple Definition of spruce

  • : 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

Full Definition of spruce

plural spruc·es also spruce

  1. 1a :  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 woodb :  any of several coniferous trees (as Douglas fir) of similar habit

  2. 2 :  the wood of a spruce

Origin of spruce

obsolete Spruce Prussia, from Middle English, alteration of Pruce, from Anglo-French


First Known Use: 1670

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