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Spick \Spick\, n. [Cf. Sw. spik. See Spike a nail.] A spike or nail. [Prov. Eng.]

Spick and span, quite new; that is, as new as a spike or nail just made and a chip just split; brand-new; as, a spick and span novelty. See Span-new.


Etymology 1 n. (context US derogatory racial slur English) A Latino/Hispanic person. Etymology 2

n. (context obsolete English) nail, a spike (slender piece of wood or metal, used as a fastener).


adj. completely neat and clean; "the apartment was immaculate"; "in her immaculate white uniform"; "a spick-and-span kitchen"; "their spic red-visored caps" [syn: immaculate, speckless, spick-and-span, spic-and-span, spic, spotless]


n. offensive terms for persons of Latin American descent [syn: spic, spik]

Usage examples of "spick".

And what do we say in return, back to them, we say, No dice, dirty spicks, lousy kikes, Puerto bastards, black men that want to steal our pure heritage!

Now maybe you can begin to account for those beautiful gardens, those precision trimmed hedges, that spick and span house, those neat walks, weedless lawn, splendidly cooked meals faultlessly served, and so ad infinituma seeming inexhaustible supply of fabulously cheap man and woman power by our standards.

Nothing deterred him, and he was never more spick and span or cool and determined than at the last Cabinets which he attended.

Now I use words all the time like nigger, spick, Polack, jewboy, Mick, even greaseball, which is people from Italy.

The plane was moored to the jetty, a small seaplane, very spick and span, bouncing up and down in what Annis considered to be a quite unnecessarily boisterous manner.

Rootabaga Stories and More Rootabaga Stories are best suited as read-aloud books for very young readers, who will probably have more patience for characters with names like Dippy the Wisp, Rags Habakuk, Shush Shush, Snoo Foo, Bixie Bimber, and Wingtip the Spick than their older siblings will.