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Meaning of SPRUCE

Pronunciation:  sproos

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any coniferous tree of the genus Picea
  2. [n]  light soft moderately strong wood of spruce trees; used especially for timbers and millwork
  3. [adj]  marked by smartness in dress and manners; "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat"
  4. [v]  dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion; "He spruced up for the party"
  5. [v]  make neat, smart, or trim; "Spruce up your house for Spring"; "titivate the child"

SPRUCE is a 6 letter word that starts with S.


 Synonyms: dapper, dashing, fashionable, jaunty, natty, raffish, rakish, slick up, slick up, smart, smarten up, smarten up, snappy, spiff up, spiffy, spruce up, spruce up, stylish, titivate, tittivate
 See Also: beautify, black spruce, Brewer's spruce, Colorado blue spruce, Colorado spruce, conifer, coniferous tree, eastern spruce, embellish, Engelmann spruce, Engelmann's spruce, genus Picea, groom, neaten, Norway spruce, oriental spruce, Picea, Picea abies, Picea breweriana, Picea engelmannii, Picea glauca, Picea mariana, Picea obovata, Picea orientalis, Picea pungens, Picea rubens, prettify, red spruce, Siberian spruce, silver spruce, spruce, spruce pine, weeping spruce, white spruce, wood, yellow spruce



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Spruce\, n. [OE. Spruce or Pruse, Prussia, Prussian. So
    named because it was first known as a native of Prussia, or
    because its sprouts were used for making, spruce beer. Cf.
    Spruce beer, below, {Spruce}, a.]
    1. (Bot.) Any coniferous tree of the genus {Picea}, as the
       Norway spruce ({P. excelsa}), and the white and black
       spruces of America ({P. alba} and {P. nigra}), besides
       several others in the far Northwest. See {Picea}.
    2. The wood or timber of the spruce tree.
    3. Prussia leather; pruce. [Obs.]
             Spruce, a sort of leather corruptly so called for
             Prussia leather.                      --E. Phillips.
    {Douglas spruce} (Bot.), a valuable timber tree ({Pseudotsuga
       Douglasii}) of Northwestern America.
    {Essence of spruce}, a thick, dark-colored, bitterish, and
       acidulous liquid made by evaporating a decoction of the
       young branches of spruce.
    {Hemlock spruce} (Bot.), a graceful coniferous tree ({Tsuga
       Canadensis}) of North America. Its timber is valuable, and
       the bark is largely used in tanning leather.
    {Spruce beer}. [G. sprossenbier; sprosse sprout, shoot (akin
       to E. sprout, n.) + bier beer. The word was changed into
       spruce because the beer came from Prussia (OE. Spruce), or
       because it was made from the sprouts of the spruce. See
       {Sprout}, n., {Beer}, and cf. {Spruce}, n.] A kind of beer
       which is tinctured or flavored with spruce, either by
       means of the extract or by decoction.
    {Spruce grouse}. (Zo["o]l.) Same as {Spruce partridge},
    {Spruce leather}. See {Spruce}, n., 3.
    {Spruce partridge} (Zo["o]l.), a handsome American grouse
       ({Dendragapus Canadensis}) found in Canada and the
       Northern United States; -- called also {Canada grouse}.
  2. \Spruce\, a. [Compar. {Sprucer}; superl. {Sprucest}]
    [Perhaps fr. spruce a sort of leather from Prussia, which was
    an article of finery. See {Spruce}, n.]
    1. Neat, without elegance or dignity; -- formerly applied to
       things with a serious meaning; now chiefly applied to
       persons. ``Neat and spruce array.'' --Remedy of Love.
    2. Sprightly; dashing. [Obs.] ``Now, my spruce companions.''
             He is so spruce that he can never be genteel.
    Syn: Finical; neat; trim. See {Finical}. -- {Sruce"ly}, adv.
         -- {Spruce"ness}, n.
  3. \Spruce\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spruced}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To dress with affected neatness; to trim; to make spruce.
  4. \Spruce\, v. i.
    To dress one's self with affected neatness; as, to spruce up.