- 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.
spick-and-span definition by Webster's New World
- 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
spick-and-span definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.