span-new
adjective Etymology: Middle English, part translation of Old Norse spānnȳr, from spānn chip of wood + nȳr new Date: 14th century brand-new

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  • span-new — (sp[a^]n n[=u] ), a. [Icel. sp[=a]nn[=y]r, properly, new as a ship just split; sp[=a]nn chip + n[=y]r new. See {Spoon}, and {New}.] Quite new; brand new; fire new. A span new archbishop s chair. Fuller. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • span-new — [span′no͞o′, span′nyo͞o′] adj. [ME span newe < ON spān nȳr < spānn, a chip (akin to SPOON) + nȳr,NEW] Now Rare perfectly new …   English World dictionary

  • span-new — a. Brand new, fire new, quite new spick and span new …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • span-new — /span nooh , nyooh /, adj. brand new. [1250 1300; ME spannewe < ON spannyr brand new, fresh, equiv. to spann chip shavings, shingle + nyr new] * * * …   Universalium

  • span-new — ˈspan| ̷ ̷, paan adjective Etymology: Middle English, part translation of Old Norse spānnȳr, from spānn chip of wood + nȳr new more at spoon : brand new …   Useful english dictionary

  • span new — brand new, completely new …   English contemporary dictionary

  • span-new — [[t]ˈspænˈnu, ˈnyu[/t]] adj. brand new • Etymology: 1250–1300; ME spannewe < ON spānnȳr fresh =spānn chip shavings +nȳr new …   From formal English to slang

  • spick and span new —  every part new. S. Some derive this from a spear, the head of which was vulgarly called the spike, the handle or staff, the span ; so that spick and span new, was both head and staff, that is, the whole weapon, new …   A glossary of provincial and local words used in England

  • spick and span new — Brand new • • • Main Entry: ↑spick …   Useful english dictionary

  • spick-and-span new — Quite new, fire new, brand new …   New dictionary of synonyms

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