spruce [sproos] (previously 12-22-13)
1. any evergreen, coniferous tree of the genus Picea, of the pine family, having short, angular, needle-shaped leaves attached singly around twigs and bearing hanging cones with persistent scales.
2. any of various allied trees, as the Douglas fir and the hemlock spruce.
3. the wood of any such tree.
4. made from the wood of a spruce tree or trees.
5. containing or abounding in spruce trees.
WORDS RELATED TO SPRUCE
trim, prim, tidy, clean, dainty, smart, classy, dapper, elegant, well-groomed
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Origin: 1350–1400; Middle English, special use of Spruce, sandhi variant of Pruce < Old French Pruce < Medieval Latin Prussia Prussia, whence the timber came
adjective, spruc·er, spruc·est.
1. trim in dress or appearance; neat; smart; dapper.
verb (used with object), spruced, spruc·ing.
2. to make spruce or smart (often followed by up): Spruce up the children before the company comes.
verb (used without object), spruced, spruc·ing.
3. to make oneself spruce (usually followed by up).
OTHER WORDS FROM SPRUCE
Origin: 1580–90; obsolete spruce jerkin orig., jerkin made of spruce leather, i.e., leather imported from Prussia (see spruce ), hence fine, smart, etc.
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