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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR SPRUCELY

He was sprucely shaved and what little hair he had was carefully trimmed.

When the two boys quitted camp Bob was walking as sprucely as ever.

He was now sprucely clothed, and in his lapel he wore a bunch of violets.

He was so sprucely dressed that she asked him if he were going out.

These sprucely dressed young fellows were Tories of the worst description, but they followed in the footsteps of their fathers.

She never saw him looking so well, nor so sprucely dressed, before.

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

Matre Payen was sprucely dressed half as a priest, half as a rich burgher.

Wat watched her without speaking as she moved nimbly and with a certain deft, defiant ease about the sprucely painted kitchen.

The bridegroom was a well looking young man, as clean and sprucely dressed as his bride, though not with such emblematic purity.

WORD ORIGIN

"evergreen tree," 1660s, from spruse (adj.) "made of spruce wood" (early 15c.), literally "from Prussia," from Spruce, Sprws (late 14c.), unexplained alterations of Pruce "Prussia," from an Old French form of Prussia. Spruce seems to have been a generic term for commodities brought to England by Hanseatic merchants (beer, board, leather, see spruce (v.)), and the tree was believed to have come from Prussia.

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