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.
n : the state of being neat and smart and trim [syn: neatness]