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spruce 1

a. Any of various coniferous evergreen trees of the genus Picea, having flattened or four-angled needlelike leaves, a conic shape, pendulous cones, and soft wood often used for paper pulp.
b. Any of various similar or related trees.
c. The wood of any of these trees.
2. A grayish green to dark greenish black.

[Short for obsolete Spruce fir, Prussian fir, from Middle English Spruce, Prussia, alteration of Pruce from Anglo-Norman Pruz, from Medieval Latin Prussia.]

spruce 2

adj. spruc·er, spruc·est
Neat, trim, and smart in appearance: "a good-looking man; spruce and dapper, and very tidy" (Anthony Trollope).
v. spruced, spruc·ing, spruc·es
To make neat and trim: spruced up the chairs with new slipcovers.
To make oneself neat and smart in appearance: He was sprucing for the school dance.

[Perhaps from obsolete spruce leather, Prussian leather, from Middle English Spruce, Prussia; see spruce1.]

spruce′ly adv.
spruce′ness n.
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Adv.1.sprucely - in a stylish mannersprucely - in a stylish manner; "He was smartly dressed"
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[ˈspruːslɪ] ADV sprucely dressedelegantemente vestido, vestido de punta en blanco
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adv dressed (man) → flott, schmuck (dated); (woman, child) → adrett; painted, decorated etcschmuck; laid outsauber und ordentlich; sprucely kept gardensgepflegte Gärten
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As the chaise drew nearer, he perceived that Tackleton was dressed out sprucely for his marriage, and that he had decorated his horse's head with flowers and favours.
Seeing the opportunity to do better, many companies, including LifeQuo and another of MMG's sister companies, Sprucely, have begun offering facilities management services for the private areas of buildings--inside individual apartments and offices, rather than just in common spaces.
A second source was Richard Ouellette's sprucely stylish set; an especial third was Meriem Bahri's gorgeously ornate costumes; and everything was lit evocatively by Rob Siler.