nice

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adjective, nic·er, nic·est.


Nearby words

  1. nicam,
  2. nicaragua,
  3. nicaragua, lake,
  4. nicaraguan,
  5. niccolite,
  6. nice guys finish last,
  7. nice nelly,
  8. nice-looking,
  9. nice-nelly,
  10. nice-nellyism

Idioms

    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

Related forms
Can be confusednice niceness nicetynice Nicegneiss nice (see usage note at the current entry)

Usage note

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.

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British Dictionary definitions for nicely

nice

adjective

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
obsolete
  1. foolish or ignorant
  2. delicate
  3. shy; modest
  4. wanton
nice and pleasinglyit's nice and cool
Derived Formsnicely, 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

Nice

noun

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)

NICE

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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Word Origin and History for nicely
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for nicely

Nice

[(nees)]

City in southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea.

Note

Nice is the most famous resort of the French Riviera.

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