(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.) Compare spick-and-span.
span-new (comparative more span-new, superlative most span-new)
- (archaic) brand new
- Synonym: (archaic) fire-new
1655, Thomas Fuller, edited by James Nichols, The Church History of Britain, […], new edition, volumes (please specify |volume=I to III), London: […] [James Nichols] for Thomas Tegg and Son, […], published 1837, →OCLC: A span-new archbishop's chair. (Can we date this quote?), (Please provide the book title or journal name):
he was very nicely dressed, and wore a span-new velvet vest, a real English broadcloth coat, gold watch with gold seals […]