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English adjective: spruce

1. spruce marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners


SamplesA dapper young man.
A jaunty red hat.


Synonymsdapper, dashing, jaunty, natty, raffish, rakish, snappy, spiffy


Similarfashionable, stylish


Antonymsunfashionable, unstylish


English noun: spruce

1. spruce (plant) light soft moderately strong wood of spruce trees; used especially for timbers and millwork


Broader (hypernym)wood


Substance meronymspruce

2. spruce (plant) any coniferous tree of the genus Picea


Broader (hypernym)conifer, coniferous tree


Narrower (hyponym)black spruce, Brewer's spruce, Colorado blue spruce, Colorado spruce, eastern spruce, Engelmann spruce, Engelmann's spruce, Norway spruce, oriental spruce, Picea abies, Picea breweriana, Picea engelmannii, Picea glauca, Picea mariana, Picea obovata, Picea orientalis, Picea pungens, Picea rubens, Picea sitchensis, red spruce, Siberian spruce, silver spruce, Sitka spruce, spruce pine, weeping spruce, white spruce, yellow spruce


Member meronymgenus Picea, Picea


Substance holonymspruce


English verb: spruce

1. spruce (change) make neat, smart, or trim


SamplesSpruce up your house for Spring.
Titivate the child.


Synonymsslick up, smarten up, spiff up, spruce up, titivate, tittivate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)beautify, embellish, fancify, prettify

2. spruce (body) dress and groom with particular care, as for a special occasion


SamplesHe spruced up for the party.


Synonymsslick up, smarten up, spruce up


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)groom, neaten









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