- The definition of spick and span is someone or something that is completely or extremely clean and tidy, with no dirt and nothing out of place.
An example of spick and span is a clean and sterilized hospital room or a room in your home that has just been cleaned and vacuumed from top to bottom.
- new or fresh
- neat and clean
Origin: short for spick-and-span-new from spick, variant, variety of spike plush span-new from Middle English spon-neowe from Old Norse spān-nȳr from spānn, a chip, shaving plush nȳr, new
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- Immaculately clean; spotless. See Synonyms at neat1.
- Brand-new; fresh.
Origin: Short for obsolete spick and span-new : spick, spike (variant of spike1) + span-new.