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spruce

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verb \ˈsprüs\

Definition of spruce

spruced

;

sprucing

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

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

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First Known Use of spruce

1594


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spruce

adjective

Definition of spruce

sprucer

;

sprucest

  1. :  neat or smart in appearance :  trim

sprucely

adverb

spruceness

noun

Examples of spruce in a Sentence

  1. He looked very spruce in his new suit.

  2. a slim, spruce man in a tailor-made business suit

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Origin and Etymology of spruce

perhaps from obsolete English Spruce leather leather imported from Prussia


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spruce

noun

Definition of spruce

plural

spruces

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 (such as Douglas fir) of similar habit

  2. 2 :  the wood of a spruce

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Origin and Etymology of spruce

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

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SPRUCE Defined for English Language Learners

spruce

adjective

Definition of spruce for English Language Learners

  • : neat, clean, or stylish in appearance

spruce

noun

Definition of spruce for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SPRUCE Defined for Kids

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spruce

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noun \ˈsprüs\

Definition of spruce for Students

  1. :  an evergreen tree that has short needles for leaves, drooping cones, and light soft wood


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spruce

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verb

Definition of spruce for Students

spruced

;

sprucing

  1. :  to make (someone or something) neat or stylish in appearance Fresh paint spruced up the room. Let me spruce up before we go.


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spruce

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adjective

Definition of spruce for Students

sprucer

;

sprucest

  1. :  neat or stylish in appearance

sprucely

adverb


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