from The Century Dictionary.
- In a spruce manner; smartly; trimly; smugly.
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- adverb In a
sprucemanner; neatlyand elegantly.
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- adverb in a stylish manner
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And as he follows it,  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?
‘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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