Spruced
Spruce Spruce, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Spruced} (spr[udd]st); p. pr. & vb. n. {Sprucing} (spr[udd]"s[i^]ng).] To dress with affected neatness; to trim; to make spruce; -- often used with up; as, to spruce up the house for Company. [1913 Webster]

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  • spruced — spruːs n. variety of coniferous evergreen tree v. dress up, improve one s outward appearance; make neat and tidy adj. dressed up, having a smart appearance; clean and orderly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • spruced up — See all spruced up …   English idioms

  • spruced up — adjective dressed in fancy or formal clothing • Syn: ↑dressed, ↑dressed up, ↑dressed to the nines, ↑dressed to kill, ↑dolled up, ↑spiffed up, ↑togged up • Similar to: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • dressed-up dressed to the ninespredicate dressed to killpredicate dolled up spruced up spiffed up — clothed clothed adj. 1. wearing clothing. [Narrower terms: {adorned(predicate), bedecked(predicate), decked(predicate), decked out(predicate)}; {appareled, attired, clad, dressed, garbed, garmented, habilimented, robed}; {arrayed, panoplied};… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • all spruced up — clean and dressed in your best clothes, dressed up    The young farmers got all spruced up for the dance …   English idioms

  • spruce up — verb 1. make neat, smart, or trim Spruce up your house for Spring titivate the child • Syn: ↑spruce, ↑titivate, ↑tittivate, ↑smarten up, ↑slick up, ↑spiff up …   Useful english dictionary

  • spruce up — PHRASAL VERB If something is spruced up, its appearance is improved. If someone is spruced up, they have made themselves look very smart. [be V ed P] Many buildings have been spruced up... [V n P] In the evening we spruced ourselves up a bit and… …   English dictionary

  • spruce up — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms spruce up : present tense I/you/we/they spruce up he/she/it spruces up present participle sprucing up past tense spruced up past participle spruced up to improve the appearance of someone or something The town …   English dictionary

  • spruce´ness — spruce1 «sproos», noun. 1. any one of a group of evergreen trees with cones and with needle shaped leaves arranged spirally around the branches. The spruce belongs to the pine family. It is often used as a Christmas tree in America. 2. any one of …   Useful english dictionary

  • spruce´ly — spruce1 «sproos», noun. 1. any one of a group of evergreen trees with cones and with needle shaped leaves arranged spirally around the branches. The spruce belongs to the pine family. It is often used as a Christmas tree in America. 2. any one of …   Useful english dictionary

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