spick-and-span

adjective
\ˌspik-ən(d)-ˈspan, ˌspik-ᵊŋ-\
variants: or spic-and-span

Definition of spick-and-span 

2 : spotlessly clean

First Known Use of spick-and-span

1665, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spick-and-span

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about spick-and-span

Share spick-and-span

Statistics for spick-and-span

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for spick-and-span

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

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for spick-and-span

spick-and-span

adjective
variants: or spic-and-span \ˌspik-ən-ˈspan \

Kids Definition of spick-and-span

1 : quite new and unused

2 : very clean and neat

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on spick-and-span

What made you want to look up spick-and-span? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Roman Mythology Quiz

  • the-triumph-of-venus-by-alessandro-magnasco
  • Boreal comes from the name of the ancient Greek god of which wind?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!