Tidy vs Spruce - What's the difference?

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Tidy is a related term of spruce.

As a proper noun tidy

is .

As a noun spruce is

(obsolete) prussia.




  • (obsolete) In good time; at the right time; timely; seasonable; opportune; favourable; fit; suitable.
  • * Tusser
  • if weather be fair and tidy
  • (lb) Brave; smart; skillful; fine; good.
  • Appropriate or suitable as regards occasion, circumstances, arrangement, or order.
  • Arranged neatly and in order.
  • Keep Britain tidy .
  • Not messy; neat and controlled.
  • Satisfactory; comfortable.
  • (informal) Generous, considerable.
  • The scheme made a tidy profit.


    * neat * orderly * presentable * spick and span


    * messy * untidy

    Derived terms

    * hair-tidy


  • To make tidy; to neaten.
  • Noun

  • A tabletop container for pens and stationery.
  • a desk tidy
  • A cover, often of tatting, drawn work, or other ornamental work, for the back of a chair, the arms of a sofa, etc.
  • (dated) A child's pinafore.
  • (Wright)
  • The wren.
  • (Drayton)


    (en interjection)
  • (Wales) Expression of positive agreement, usually in reply to a question.
  • Usage notes

    Often used by people from South Wales to end a sentence or as a reply to a question meaning "Great" or "Fine", for example "I'm going to the shops for ten fags" may get the reply "Tidy." 1000 English basic words




  • 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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