Definition of spick and span in English:

spick and span

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Pronunciation: /spɪk(ə)ndˈspan
(also spic and span)


Neat, clean, and well looked after: my little house is spick and span
More example sentences
  • These hospitals are enormously busy public areas with a lot of people moving around in them, and keeping them really clean and spick and span can be quite a difficult job.
  • Even though he had cleaned the bathroom spick and span just now, it was still not enough for redemption!
  • ‘The mothers have done a great job because they're very neat and tidy’ and the new uniforms were all spic and span.
neat and tidy, as neat as a new pin, orderly, well ordered, in (good) order, well kept, shipshape (and Bristol fashion), in apple-pie order, immaculate, uncluttered, straight, trim, spruce; spotless, as fresh as paint
archaic tricksy


late 16th century (in the sense 'brand new'): from spick and span new, emphatic extension of dialect span new, from Old Norse spán-nýr, from spánn 'chip' + nýr 'new'; spick influenced by Dutch spiksplinternieuw, literally 'splinter new'.

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