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  • adj. comparative form of spruce: more spruce


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  • The sun that rose on the next day but one, had never beheld a sprucer personage on the outside of the Norwood stage, than Mr. Watkins Tottle; and when the coach drew up before a cardboard – looking house with disguised chimneys, and a lawn like a large sheet of green letter – paper, he certainly had never lighted to his place of destination a gentleman who felt more uncomfortable.

    Sketches by Boz

  • And for this he would have to be a sprucer and more attractive man externally to match up with Marion.

    A Life in Letters

  • In its whole constitution it had not a straight floor, and hardly a straight line; but it had outlasted, and clearly would yet outlast, many a better-trimmed building, many a sprucer publichouse.

    Our Mutual Friend

  • His sprucer, dark-haired adversary was also in jeans, but a snugly fitting pair of denims which looked smart and suitable with a

    The Speaker Of Mandarin

  • Day -- though younger and sprucer -- to be identified as Janice's father.

    The Mission of Janice Day

  • There was dear old Ralph, looking quite ordinary and matter-of-fact, only rather sprucer than usual in his brand-new wedding garments.

    The Moon out of Reach

  • We made ourselves a little sprucer than usual, as we wished to do credit to our own world; and M'Allister wore his overalls to protect his clothes, although our machinery was not nearly so messy to handle as steam-engines usually are.

    To Mars via The Moon An Astronomical Story

  • You have impelled grocers to ludicrous pitches of absurdity; you have driven the wife of a working-man to distraction because her neighbour's front room possesses a more expensive carpet, of a sprucer pattern than her own.

    Punch, Or The London Charivari, Volume 101, July 11, 1891

  • The storekeeper, much sprucer in dress than heretofore, smiled and nodded to her over the bridge of his violin.

    How Janice Day Won

  • His neck, but a moment before collarless, was now surrounded by a high white-washed wall; he flashed a crimson tie, and somehow his clothes looked newer and sprucer.

    The Statesmen Snowbound


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