Spruce

  • 1 Spruce — (spr[udd]s), 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Spruce — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: Richard Spruce (1817–1893), englischer Botaniker und Naturforscher Spruce bezeichnet folgende Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten Spruce (Michigan) Spruce (Nevada) Spruce (Wisconsin) Spruce Island, Insel des… …

    Deutsch Wikipedia

  • 3 spruce — ● spruce nom masculin (anglais spruce, sapin) Bois de certains épicéas d Amérique du Nord. ⇒SPRUCE, subst. masc. BOT. Épicéa d Amérique du Nord. Des pins rachitiques, de l espèce appelée spruce par les Anglais (CHATEAUBR., Mél. littér., 1826, p.… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 4 Spruce — (spr[udd]s), a. [Compar. {Sprucer} (spr[udd] s[ e]r); superl. {Sprucest} (spr[udd] s[e^]st).] [Perhaps fr. spruce a sort of leather from Prussia, which was an article of finery. See {Spruce}, n.] 1. Neat, without elegance or dignity; smart; trim; …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 spruce — ‘neat’ [16] and spruce the tree [17] are completely different words, of course, but they could have a common origin – in Spruce, the old English name for Prussia. Spruce the tree was originally the spruce fir, literally the ‘Prussian fir’. And it …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 6 spruce — ‘neat’ [16] and spruce the tree [17] are completely different words, of course, but they could have a common origin – in Spruce, the old English name for Prussia. Spruce the tree was originally the spruce fir, literally the ‘Prussian fir’. And it …

    Word origins

  • 7 spruce — Ⅰ. spruce [1] ► ADJECTIVE ▪ neat and smart. ► VERB (spruce up) ▪ make smarter. ORIGIN perhaps from SPRUCE(Cf. ↑spruce) in the obsolete sense Prussian , in the phrase spruce leather jerkin. Ⅱ …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 spruce — spruce1 [spro͞os] n. [ME Spruce, for Pruce, Prussia < OFr < ML Prussia: prob. because the tree was first known as a native of Prussia] 1. any of a genus (Picea) of evergreen trees of the pine family, having slender needles that are rhombic… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 Spruce — Spruce, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spruced} (spr[udd]st); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sprucing} (spr[udd] s[i^]ng).] To dress with affected neatness; to trim; to make spruce; often used with up; as, to spruce up the house for Company. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 10 Spruce — Spruce, v. i. To dress one s self with affected neatness; as, to spruce up. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 11 spruce up — (someone/something) to improve the appearance of someone or something. She needed to spruce up her image so she bought tons of new clothes and got a great new hairstyle. The city has to spruce itself up for the Olympics next year …

    New idioms dictionary

  • 12 spruce — spruce; spruce·ly; spruce·ness; …

    English syllables

  • 13 Spruce — (engl., spr. Spruhs), 1) die Pechtanne; 2) so v.w. Sprossenbier; 3) Terpentinsaft aus jungen Fichtensprossen u. Tannenzapfen …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 14 spruce up — index embellish Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

    Law dictionary

  • 15 sprucė — ×sprucė (nlt.) sf. N, [K(B)] kamštis, kištukas …

    Dictionary of the Lithuanian Language

  • 16 spruce — [adj] stylish, neat classy, clean, dainty, dapper, elegant, prim, smart, tidy, trim, wellgroomed; concept 589 Ant. unkempt, unstylish, untidy …

    New thesaurus

  • 17 spruce up — [v] make neat, well groomed brush, deck out*, dress up, fix up, groom, prim, primp, sleek, slick, smarten, tidy, titivate, wash; concepts 162,167,202 Ant. dirty, mess up …

    New thesaurus

  • 18 Spruce — For other uses, see Spruce (disambiguation). Spruce Norway Spruce (Picea abies) Scientific classification Kingdom …

    Wikipedia

  • 19 spruce — spruce1 /sproohs/, n. 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… …

    Universalium

  • 20 spruce up — verb 1. make neat, smart, or trim Spruce up your house for Spring titivate the child • Syn: ↑spruce, ↑titivate, ↑tittivate, ↑smarten up, ↑slick up, ↑spiff up …

    Useful english dictionary


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