Dapper vs Spruce - What's the difference?
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Dapper is a related term of spruce.
As an adjective dapper
is neat, trim.
As a noun spruce is
* 1892 , , The Slave Of The Lamp :
Stylishly dressed, neatly dressed, spiffy.
* 1917 , , The Man With Two Left Feet :
- This entrance is through a little courtyard, in which is the stable and coach-house combined, where Madame Perinere, a lady who paints the magic word "Modes" beneath her name on the door-post of number seventeen, keeps the dapper little cart and pony which carry her bonnets to the farthest corner of Paris.
- Going down the street, you would meet a typical commercial traveller, dapper and alert.
* Dapper Dan
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.
(obsolete) Prussia leather; pruce.
* E. Phillips
- That spruce table is beautiful!
- Spruce , a sort of leather corruptly so called for Prussia leather.
(comparable) Smart, trim, and elegant in appearance; fastidious (said of a person).
* 1919 ,
* 2012 , The Economist, 13th Oct 2012,
- 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.
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).