Origin of span-newMiddle English span-newe from Old Norse sp?n-n?r from sp?nn, a chip (akin to spoon) + n?r, new
Origin of span-newMiddle English spannewe partial translation of Old Norse spānnér spānn shingle, chip nér new ; see newo- in Indo-European roots.
(comparative more span-new, superlative most span-new)
- brand new; fire-new
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
From Icelandic, properly meaning "as new as a ship just split".