Spruce vs Sprue - What's the difference?

spruce | sprue |

As nouns the difference between spruce and sprue

is that spruce is (obsolete) prussia while sprue is sprue (all senses).

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?




  • 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

    * (l)




    * (l)



    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) spruw, sprouw .


    (en noun)
  • (medicine) A tropical disease causing a sore throat and tongue, and disturbed digestion; psilosis.
  • Derived terms
    * celiac sprue

    Etymology 2


    (en noun)
  • (founding) The hole through which melted metal is poured into the gate, and thence into the mold.
  • (founding) Material that cools in the feed channels to a mold.
  • See also
    * flash


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