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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Spruce \Spruce\ (spr[udd]s), a. [Compar. Sprucer (spr[udd]"s[~e]r); superl. Sprucest (spr[udd]"s[e^]st).] [Perhaps fr. spruce a sort of leather from Prussia, which was an article of finery. See Spruce, n.] 1. Neat, without elegance or dignity; smart; trim; -- formerly applied to things with a serious meaning; now chiefly applied to persons. "Neat and spruce array." --Remedy of Love. [1913 Webster] 2. Sprightly; dashing. [Obs.] "Now, my spruce companions." --Shak. [1913 Webster] He is so spruce that he can never be genteel. --Tatler. [1913 Webster] Syn: Finical; neat; trim. See Finical. [1913 Webster] -- Spruce"ly, adv. -- Spruce"ness, n. [1913 Webster]