adjective, nic·er, nic·est.
- nicaragua, lake,
- nice guys finish last,
- nice nelly,
Origin of nice
Examples from the Web for nicely
This was nicely explicated in an Atlantic article whose title says it all: Your Gut Bacteria Want You To Eat A Cupcake.
But it nicely dramatizes the incentives that all participants in the system will soon face.
He says he shouted at one: “You look like a princess walking so nicely and romantically.”
He took great pride in keeping her well fed, nicely dressed, and even taking her to church.
I felt like it nicely represented the dualism of her character.
"That will do nicely for a beginning, Johnnie," she said sweetly.The Price|Francis Lynde
I would hint that Mr. Hines and similar zealots might disembarrass him of this load, if he asked them nicely.And Even Now|Max Beerbohm
Here's my map, nicely done in pencil, with all the names marked.The Youngest Girl in the Fifth|Angela Brazil
It has been told me that I was always clean and nicely dressed.The True Story of My Life|Hans Christian Andersen
It was certainly a lovely lake, and, with its nicely wooded islands dotting its surface, recalled memories of Loch Lomond.From John O'Groats to Land's End|Robert Naylor and John Naylor
- 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]