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Spruce


SPRUCE, adjective Nice; trim; neat without elegance or dignity; formerly applied to things with a serious meaning; now applied to persons only.

He is so spruce that he never can be genteel.

SPRUCE, verb transitive To trim; to dress with great neatness.

SPRUCE, verb intransitive To dress ones self with affected neatness.

SPRUCE, noun The fir-tree; a name given to a species of evergreen, the Pinus nigra, which is used in families to give flavor to beer. It is used by way of decoction, or in the essence.