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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spruce(noun)

    light soft moderately strong wood of spruce trees; used especially for timbers and millwork

  2. spruce(adj)

    any coniferous tree of the genus Picea

  3. dapper, dashing, jaunty, natty, raffish, rakish, spiffy, snappy, spruce(verb)

    marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

    "a dapper young man"; "a jaunty red hat"

  4. spruce up, spruce, titivate, tittivate, smarten up, slick up, spiff up(verb)

    make neat, smart, or trim

    "Spruce up your house for Spring"; "titivate the child"

  5. spruce up, spruce, slick up, smarten up(verb)

    dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion

    "He spruced up for the party"


  1. spruce(Noun)

    Any of various large coniferous evergreen trees from the genus Picea, found in northern temperate and boreal regions; originally and more fully spruce fir.

  2. spruce(Noun)

    The wood of a spruce.

  3. spruce(Verb)

    (usually with up) to arrange neatly; tidy up

  4. spruce(Verb)

    (usually with up) to make oneself spruce (neat and elegant in appearance)

  5. spruce(Verb)

    to tease

  6. spruce(Adjective)

    Smart, trim, and elegant in appearance; fastidious (said of a person).

  7. Spruce(Noun)


  8. Origin: Alteration of Pruce.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spruce(adj)

    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. Spruce(adj)

    the wood or timber of the spruce tree

  3. Spruce(adj)

    prussia leather; pruce

  4. Spruce(noun)

    neat, without elegance or dignity; -- formerly applied to things with a serious meaning; now chiefly applied to persons

  5. Spruce(noun)

    sprightly; dashing

  6. Spruce(verb)

    to dress with affected neatness; to trim; to make spruce

  7. Spruce(verb)

    to dress one's self with affected neatness; as, to spruce up

  8. Origin: [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. Spruce

    A spruce is a tree of the genus Picea, a genus of about 35 species of coniferous evergreen trees in the Family Pinaceae, found in the northern temperate and boreal regions of the earth. Spruces are large trees, from 20–60 metres tall when mature, and can be distinguished by their whorled branches and conical form. The needles, or leaves, of spruce trees are attached singly to the branches in a spiral fashion, each needle on a small peg-like structure called a pulvinus. The needles are shed when 4–10 years old, leaving the branches rough with the retained pulvinus. Spruces are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species; see list of Lepidoptera that feed on spruces. They are also used by the larvae of gall adelgids. In the mountains of western Sweden scientists have found a Norway Spruce tree, nicknamed Old Tjikko, which by reproducing through layering has reached an age of 9,550 years and is claimed to be the world's oldest known living tree.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spruce

    sprōōs, adj. smart: neat, dapper: over-fastidious, finical.—n. Prussian leather.—v.t. to smarten.—v.i. to become spruce or smart.—n. Spruce′-fir, or merely Spruce, any tree of the genus Picea of the pine family (Coniferæ), or the wood of such a tree.—adv. Spruce′ly.—n. Spruce′ness.—v.t. Spru′cify, to smarten. [O. Fr. Pruce—Late L. Prussia, Ger. Preussen.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spruce in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spruce in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of spruce in a Sentence

  1. Jaromir Blaha:

    Eighty percent of Czech spruce forests are at high risk of dying, most of our spruce monocultures in lower and mid-laying areas will probably disappear, in years or in a few decades.

  2. Carol Schweitzer:

    In addition, there was a lot of spruce and hemlock and those three pollens the researcher was able to articulate were from the northeastern U.S., probably in a very heavy forest area.

  3. Carol Schweitzer:

    Dominant pollen that was found on this young lady’s clothing was oak, in addition, there was a lot of spruce and hemlock and those three pollens the researcher was able to articulate were from the northeastern U.S., probably in a very heavy forest area.

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