adjective, nic·er, nic·est.
Origin of nice
Definition for nice (2 of 3)
Definition for nice (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for nice
From there we took the train to Nice, France, but the French border control caught us and sent us back to Italy.
Another beautiful Eminor number, with a nice shift up to the major for the chorus.
Champagne, which is also acidic, offers a nice complement to anything from tuna tartare to beef bourguignon.
It was also nice to have a place where my family and friends could see what was going on in my life.
They gave us three laptops (to run our light show) and a nice chunk of cash.
Altogether, it was a nice scrambling, homelike expedition, if I had not come back with such a bad headache.Up the Country|Emily Eden
She is married now and lives at Ashland, and has two nice children, a boy and a girl.How To Do It|Edward Everett Hale
Find a nice place not too far from the city—say on Long Island—and I can run out whenever necessary.The Nest Builder|Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale
He is magnificent--a saint--a scholar--everything--but not nice!Lady Merton, Colonist|Mrs. Humphry Ward
It had classical proportions and nice shaping and dressing in stone.Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed.|S. A. Reilly
British Dictionary definitions for nice (1 of 4)
- foolish or ignorant
- shy; modest
Word Origin for nice
British Dictionary definitions for nice (2 of 4)
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British Dictionary definitions for nice (4 of 4)
Word Origin and History for nice
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]