There are 3 definitions of spruce in English:

spruce1

Syllabification: spruce
Pronunciation: /spro͞os
 
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noun

A widespread coniferous tree that has a distinctive conical shape and hanging cones, widely grown for timber, pulp, and Christmas trees.
  • Genus Picea, family Pinaceae: many species
More example sentences
  • The best trees to plant with wildlife in mind are cherry and mulberry for their fruits, pines and spruces for their seed-bearing cones and deciduous trees that vary in size and density.
  • This nest is usually in a spruce or other conifer and may be 4'40 feet up.
  • ‘I wanted my husband to plant a big spruce so that at Christmas I could decorate it with lights,’ she says.

Origin

late Middle English (denoting Prussia or something originating in Prussia): alteration of obsolete Pruce 'Prussia.' The application to the tree dates from the early 17th century.

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There are 3 definitions of spruce in English:

spruce2

Syllabification: spruce
Pronunciation: /spro͞os
 
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adjective

Neat in dress and appearance: he looked as spruce as if he were getting married
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  • In outward appearance, he was a cherubically round man, about 45, in a spruce pinstripe suit and a new blue tie.
  • To turn up at County Hall looking dapper and spruce would have been to strike a false, jarring note of misplaced optimism.
  • The place has also recently been restored and so is looking quite spruce.
Synonyms
neat, well groomed, well-turned-out, well dressed, smart, trim, dapper, elegant, chic
informal natty, snazzy, spiffy

verb

[with object] (spruce someone/something up) Back to top  
Make a person or place smarter or tidier: the fund will be used to spruce up historic buildings
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  • The existing factory buildings have been spruced up to house exhibition, workshop and office spaces.
  • A further £200,000 will be spent sprucing up the city's war memorials and a plaque will be put up by the Cenotaph - listing, for the first time, soldiers killed on active duty since the Second World War.
  • The council has adopted a 12-month strategy aimed at sprucing up the city's streets.
Synonyms
smarten (up), tidy, neaten, declutter, put in order, clean, upgrade, renovate
informal do up, gussy up

Origin

late 16th century: perhaps from spruce1 in the obsolete sense 'Prussian', in the phrase spruce (leather) jerkin.

Derivatives

sprucely

adverb
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  • The boys were sprucely dressed in the customary costume of shirt, breeches, stockings and shiny black shoes.
  • He is dressed sprucely, except for his rubber overshoes, evidences of the chill, watery Parisian spring.
  • At a glance one would have described them as middle-class and lower middle-class men with their wives and children sprucely dressed in their Sunday best.

spruceness

noun
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  • But then Adam is a theatrical impresario, and dresses with all the dapper spruceness of a, well, theatrical impresario.

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verb

[no object] British informal , dated
1Engage in pretence or deception, especially by feigning illness: he’s no fool; he’d have known if she was sprucing
1.1 [with object] Deceive: they spruced you proper

Origin

early 20th century: of unknown origin.

Derivatives

sprucer

noun

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