Spruce meaning

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Neat, trim, and smart in appearance.
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The definition of a spruce is a type of evergreen tree from the pine family.

An example of a spruce is a tree with slender needles that drops cones.

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Spruce means to make neat and tidy.

An example of spruce is turning a sloppy person into a clean and stylish person; to spruce up.

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To make oneself neat and smart in appearance.

He was sprucing for the school dance.

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To make neat and trim.

Spruced up the chairs with new slipcovers.

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Any of a genus (Picea) of evergreen trees of the pine family, having slender needles that are rhombic in cross section.
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A grayish green to dark greenish black.
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The soft, light wood of any of these trees.
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Any of several evergreen trees, as the Douglas fir, resembling the spruces.
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Neat and trim in a smart, dapper way.
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To make spruce.
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To make oneself spruce.
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Any of various large coniferous evergreen trees from the genus Picea, found in northern temperate and boreal regions; originally and more fully spruce fir.
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(uncountable) The wood of a spruce.
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(used attributively) Made of the wood of the spruce.

That spruce table is beautiful!

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(comparable) Smart, trim, and elegant in appearance; fastidious (said of a person).
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(usually with up) To arrange neatly; tidy up.
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(usually with up)) To make oneself spruce (neat and elegant in appearance).
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To tease.
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(obsolete) Prussia.
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Origin of spruce

  • 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

  • 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

  • Alteration of Pruce.

    From Wiktionary