from The Century Dictionary.

  • In a spruce manner; smartly; trimly; smugly.

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  • adverb In a spruce manner; neatly and elegantly.

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  • adverb in a stylish manner


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spruce +‎ -ly


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  • And as he follows it, [5423] Is this no small servitude for an enamourite to be every hour combing his head, stiffening his beard, perfuming his hair, washing his face with sweet water, painting, curling, and not to come abroad but sprucely crowned, decked, and apparelled?

    Anatomy of Melancholy 2007

  • ‘Ah! Hawk,’ said one very sprucely – dressed personage in a Newmarket coat, a choice neckerchief, and all other accessories of the most unexceptionable kind.

    Nicholas Nickleby 2007

  • She coily biting the lip, and brideling her head, as if she had bene some mans best Gelding, sprucely thus replyed.

    The Decameron 2004

  • And not only were there flowers here, and little shrubs planted sprucely, but also good grass, which is always softness, and soothes the impatient eyes of men.

    Mary Anerley Richard Doddridge 2004

  • The buildings were an odd mixture of old postwar warehouses and factories and Italianate Victorians; Goldring Clothiers occupied the bottom floor of one of the Victorians, a sprucely painted blue one near the corner.

    There's Something In A Sunday Muller, Marcia 1989

  • Mr. James Dane was a quiet-looking, sprucely-dressed man of over forty years of age.

    The Carved Cupboard Amy le Feuvre

  • One tall, good-looking, sprucely dressed fellow impressed me.

    Sixteen Months in Four German Prisons Wesel, Sennelager, Klingelputz, Ruhleben Frederick Arthur Ambrose Talbot

  • He had attired himself most sprucely; he rode a good horse, and he gave it every chance to show its quality.

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn Neil Munro

  • "Well, you _have_ made yourself smart," commented Aunt Charlotte complacently, as Austin, sprucely attired in a pale flannel suit, with

    Austin and His Friends Frederic H. Balfour

  • A little after he saw a sprucely dressed young priest come in and seat himself at the table.

    Italian Popular Tales Thomas Frederick Crane


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