Spruce, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spruced p. pr. & vb. n. Sprucing ] To dress with affected neatness; to trim; to make spruce; -- often used with up; as, to spruce up the house for Company.
Spruce, v. i. To dress one's self with affected neatness; as, to spruce up.
1. Bot. Any coniferous tree of the genus Picea, as the Norway spruce (Picea excelsa), and the white and black spruces of America (Picea alba and Picea nigra), besides several others in the far Northwest. See Picea.
2. The wood or timber of the spruce tree.
3. Prussia leather; pruce. [Obs.]
Spruce, a sort of leather corruptly so called for Prussia leather. --E. Phillips.
Douglas spruce Bot., a valuable timber tree (Pseudotsuga Douglasii) of Northwestern America.
Essence of spruce, a thick, dark-colored, bitterish, and acidulous liquid made by evaporating a decoction of the young branches of spruce.
Hemlock spruce Bot., a graceful coniferous tree (Tsuga Canadensis) of North America. Its timber is valuable, and the bark is largely used in tanning leather.
Spruce grouse. Zool. Same as Spruce partridge, below.
Spruce leather. See Spruce, n., 3.
Spruce partridge Zool., a handsome American grouse (Dendragapus Canadensis) found in Canada and the Northern United States; -- called also Canada grouse.
Spruce a. [Compar. Sprucer superl. Sprucest ]
1. Neat, without elegance or dignity; smart; trim; -- formerly applied to things with a serious meaning; now chiefly applied to persons. “Neat and spruce array.”
2. Sprightly; dashing. [Obs.] “Now, my spruce companions.”
He is so spruce that he can never be genteel. --Tatler.
Syn: -- Finical; neat; trim. See Finical.
-- Spruce*ly, adv. -- Spruce*ness, n.
adj : marked by smartness in dress and manners; "a dapper young
man"; "a jaunty red hat" [syn: dapper, dashing, jaunty,
natty, raffish, rakish, smart, spiffy, snappy]
n 1: light soft moderately strong wood of spruce trees; used
especially for timbers and millwork
2: any coniferous tree of the genus Picea
v 1: make neat, smart, or trim; "Spruce up your house for
Spring"; "titivate the child" [syn: spruce up, titivate,
tittivate, smarten up, slick up, spiff up]
2: dress and groom with particular care, as for a special
occasion; "He spruced up for the party" [syn: spruce up,
slick up, smarten up]