"spruce" Definition


  1. a. 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. a. The wood or timber of the spruce tree.
  3. a. Prussia leather; pruce.
  4. n. Neat, without elegance or dignity; -- formerly applied to things with a serious meaning; now chiefly applied to persons.
  5. n. Sprightly; dashing.
  6. v. t. To dress with affected neatness; to trim; to make spruce.
  7. v. i. To dress one's self with affected neatness; as, to spruce up.

Dictionary Stats for "spruce"

Position in dictionary: 93988 of 111710 words.
Word Types: a., a., a., n., n., v. t., v. i.,
Words that start with spruce: 2
Words that end with spruce: 1
Words that contain spruce: 2
Next words in dictionary: spruced, sprucing, sprue, sprug, sprung
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Definition of spruce

See all english dictionary definitions, the word type, and other useful information for the word "spruce". The definition of the word "spruce" is pulled from the 1913 edition of Webster's Unabridged Dictionary. The meaning of this word, and other stats related to "spruce", including the position in the dictionary, the number of words that contain, start and end with, and stats related to this word are also extracted from this dictionary version.