adjective, nic·er, nic·est.
Origin of nice
Synonyms for nice
Antonyms for nice
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Contemporary Examples of nice
From there we took the train to Nice, France, but the French border control caught us and sent us back to Italy.Ghost Ships of the Mediterranean
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 6, 2015
Another beautiful Eminor number, with a nice shift up to the major for the chorus.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
Champagne, which is also acidic, offers a nice complement to anything from tuna tartare to beef bourguignon.Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong
December 20, 2014
It was also nice to have a place where my family and friends could see what was going on in my life.Blogger Shares and Shames Cancer in ‘Lily’
December 9, 2014
They gave us three laptops (to run our light show) and a nice chunk of cash.How Much Money Does a Band Really Make on Tour?
December 8, 2014
Historical Examples of nice
Rained lightly last night, and we had a nice shower this morning.Explorations in Australia
"Nice place to study in, sir," said Thompson, as we walked along.
"It certainly is nice to be liked," returned Kathleen softly.
You haven't said a word about all the nice things you did for the girls.
It's nice to be so tired, and to know one can sleep as long as one wants.Ballads of a Bohemian
Robert W. Service
- foolish or ignorant
- shy; modest
Word Origin for nice
n acronym for
late 13c., "foolish, stupid, senseless," from Old French nice (12c.) "careless, clumsy; weak; poor, needy; simple, stupid, silly, foolish," from Latin nescius "ignorant, unaware," literally "not-knowing," from ne- "not" (see un-) + stem of scire "to know" (see science). "The sense development has been extraordinary, even for an adj." [Weekley] -- from "timid" (pre-1300); to "fussy, fastidious" (late 14c.); to "dainty, delicate" (c.1400); to "precise, careful" (1500s, preserved in such terms as a nice distinction and nice and early); to "agreeable, delightful" (1769); to "kind, thoughtful" (1830).
"In many examples from the 16th and 17th centuries it is difficult to say in what particular sense the writer intended it to be taken." [OED]
By 1926, it was pronounced "too great a favorite with the ladies, who have charmed out of it all its individuality and converted it into a mere diffuser of vague and mild agreeableness." [Fowler]
"I am sure," cried Catherine, "I did not mean to say anything wrong; but it is a nice book, and why should I not call it so?"
"Very true," said Henry, "and this is a very nice day, and we are taking a very nice walk; and you are two very nice young ladies. Oh! It is a very nice word indeed! It does for everything." [Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey," 1803]