ˌspik-ən(d)-ˈspan How to pronounce spick-and-span (audio)
variants or spic-and-span
: spotlessly clean

Examples of spick-and-span in a Sentence

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Word History


short for spick-and-span-new, from obsolete English spick spike + English and + span-new

First Known Use

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spick-and-span was in 1665

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Cite this Entry

“Spick-and-span.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spick-and-span. Accessed 25 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants or spic-and-span
: quite new and unused
: very clean and neat
kept the cabin spick-and-span

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