spruceness


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spruce 1

 (spro͞os)
n.
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

 (spro͞os)
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
v.tr.
To make neat and trim: spruced up the chairs with new slipcovers.
v.intr.
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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spruceness - the state of being neat and smart and trim
tidiness - the habit of being tidy
trim, trimness - a state of arrangement or appearance; "in good trim"
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Translations

spruceness

[ˈspruːsnɪs] Npulcritud f
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spruceness

n (of person, appearance)Gepflegtheit f
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References in classic literature ?
Philip reddened, feeling his own spruceness an intolerable reproach; for of late he had begun to pay some attention to his toilet, and he had come out from England with a pretty selection of ties.
But he and Val (Dawn French) have just got in from a wedding, which could go some way to explaining his newfound love for spruceness.
(51) In his own words, Mann was enchanted by "the light, by the special fragrance of the air, by the blue of the sky, the exhilarating ocean breeze, the spruceness and cleanness of the Southland," cited in Start, The Dream Endures, 378, also 379.