Spruce Definition

spro͝os
spruced, sprucer, spruces, sprucest, sprucing
noun
spruces
Any of a genus (Picea) of evergreen trees of the pine family, having slender needles that are rhombic in cross section.
Webster's New World
Any of various similar or related trees.
American Heritage
The soft, light wood of any of these trees.
Webster's New World
Any of several evergreen trees, as the Douglas fir, resembling the spruces.
Webster's New World
A grayish green to dark greenish black.
American Heritage
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adjective
sprucer, sprucest
Neat and trim in a smart, dapper way.
Webster's New World
Antonyms:
verb
spruced, spruces, sprucing
To make spruce.
Webster's New World
To make oneself spruce.
Webster's New World

To tease.

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Other Word Forms of Spruce

Noun

Singular:
spruce
Plural:
spruces

Adjective

Base Form:
spruce
Comparative:
sprucer
Superlative:
sprucest

Origin of Spruce

  • From Middle English, an alteration of Pruce (“Prussia"), from new Latin, from a Baltic language, probably Old Prussian; for more, see Prussia. Spruce, spruse (1412), and Sprws (1378) were terms for commodities brought to England by Hanseatic merchants (beer, wood, leather). The tree with this name was also believed to have been native to Prussia. The adjective and verb senses ("trim, neat" and "to make trim, neat") are attested from 1594, and originate with spruce leather (1466), which was used to make a popular style of jerkins in the 1400s that was considered smart-looking.

    From Wiktionary

  • Short for obsolete Spruce fir Prussian fir from Middle English Spruce Prussia alteration of Pruce from Anglo-Norman Pruz from Medieval Latin Prussia

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from obsolete spruce leather Prussian leather from Middle English Spruce , Prussia spruce1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Alteration of Pruce.

    From Wiktionary

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