14th century, in the meaning defined above
Middle English, partial translation of Old Norse spānnȳr, from spānn chip of wood + nȳr new
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“Span-new.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/span-new. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.
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