[ nahys ]
/ naɪs /
adjective, nic·er, nic·est.
pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit.
amiably pleasant; kind: They are always nice to strangers.
characterized by, showing, or requiring great accuracy, precision, skill, tact, care, or delicacy: nice workmanship; a nice shot; a nice handling of a crisis.
showing or indicating very small differences; minutely accurate, as instruments: a job that requires nice measurements.
minute, fine, or subtle: a nice distinction.
having or showing delicate, accurate perception: a nice sense of color.
refined in manners, language, etc.: Nice people wouldn't do such things.
virtuous; respectable; decorous: a nice girl.
suitable or proper: That was not a nice remark.
carefully neat in dress, habits, etc.
(especially of food) dainty or delicate.
having fastidious, finicky, or fussy tastes: They're much too nice in their dining habits to enjoy an outdoor barbecue.
Obsolete. coy, shy, or reluctant.
Obsolete. unimportant; trivial.
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Idioms for nice
make nice, to behave in a friendly, ingratiating, or conciliatory manner.
nice and, sufficiently: It's nice and warm in here.
Origin of nice
1250–1300; Middle English: foolish, stupid < Old French: silly, simple < Latin nescius ignorant, incapable, equivalent to ne- negative prefix + sci- (stem of scīre to know; see science) + -us adj. suffix
SYNONYMS FOR nice
10, 12 finical.
usage note for nice
The semantic history of nice is quite varied, as the etymology and the obsolete senses attest, and any attempt to insist on only one of its present senses as correct will not be in keeping with the facts of actual usage. If any criticism is valid, it might be that the word is used too often and has become a cliché lacking the qualities of precision and intensity that are embodied in many of its synonyms.
OTHER WORDS FROM nice
nice·ly, adverbnice·ness, nouno·ver·nice, adjectiveo·ver·nice·ly, adverb
o·ver·nice·ness, nounun·nice, adjectiveun·nice·ly, adverbun·nice·ness, noun
Words nearby nice
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British Dictionary definitions for make nice (1 of 3)
/ (naɪs) /
pleasant or commendablea nice day
kind or friendlya nice gesture of help
good or satisfactorythey made a nice job of it
subtle, delicate, or discriminatinga nice point in the argument
precise; skilfula nice fit
rare fastidious; respectablehe was not too nice about his methods
- foolish or ignorant
- shy; modest
nice and pleasinglyit's nice and cool
Derived forms of nicenicely, adverbniceness, nounnicish, adjective
Word Origin for nice
C13 (originally: foolish): from Old French nice simple, silly, from Latin nescius ignorant, from nescīre to be ignorant; see nescience
British Dictionary definitions for make nice (2 of 3)
/ (French nis) /
a city in SE France, on the Mediterranean: a leading resort of the French Riviera; founded by Phocaeans from Marseille in about the 3rd century bc . Pop: 342 738 (1999)
British Dictionary definitions for make nice (3 of 3)
/ (naɪs) /
n acronym for
(in Britain) National Institute for Clinical Excellence: a body established in 1999 to provide authoritative guidance on current best practice in medicine and to promote high-quality cost-effective medical treatment in the NHS
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Cultural definitions for make nice
notes for Nice
Nice is the most famous resort of the French Riviera.
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