Spruce vs Shipshape - What's the difference?

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Spruce is a related term of shipshape.

As a noun spruce

is (obsolete) prussia.

As an adjective shipshape is

meticulously neat and tidy.




  • Any of various large coniferous evergreen trees from the genus Picea , found in northern temperate and boreal regions; originally and more fully spruce fir.
  • (uncountable) The wood of a spruce.
  • (used attributively) Made of the wood of the spruce.
  • That spruce table is beautiful!
  • (obsolete) Prussia leather; pruce.
  • * E. Phillips
  • Spruce , a sort of leather corruptly so called for Prussia leather.

    See also

    * (Spruce) * (Picea)


  • (comparable) Smart, trim, and elegant in appearance; fastidious (said of a person).
  • * 1919 ,
  • He had great neatness of person, and he continued to wear his spruce black coat and his bowler hat, always a little too small for him, in a dapper, jaunty manner.
  • * 2012 , The Economist, 13th Oct 2012, Plessey returns: Chips with everything
  • The two clean rooms, where chips are made, are sprucer than a hospital theatre.


  • To arrange neatly; tidy up.
  • ) To make oneself spruce (neat and elegant in appearance).
  • To tease.
  • Derived terms

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    (en adjective)
  • meticulously neat and tidy
  • * 1937 , , 01:44:00:
  • -- When are you going out fishing again? -- Oh, in about six weeks, when we're shipshape aloft.
  • Organized, serviceable, trained and ready for action