adjective, nic·er, nic·est.
Origin of nice
Examples from the Web for nicer
So there's many different reasons why you do things, but I'm actively pursuing the warmer, nicer people.‘Surviving Jack’ Star Rachael Harris Is No Longer ‘The Bitch'|Kevin Fallon|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There is an inverse correlation at play: the nicer a man appears, the greater his cruelty behind closed doors.American Dreams, 1963: ‘The Group’ by Mary McCarthy|Nathaniel Rich|July 25, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Before planning your trip, Evans advises doing some research and picking an airport you know has Wi-Fi and nicer amenities.
My towels are nicer than this, and I found one of mine on a train.
Do the wealthy get to live in nicer houses and drive nicer cars than the poor?
No, Uncle Ned; it was nicer to be with mamma in the village.Elsie and Her Namesakes|Martha Finley
"I think the Rose family is nicer than the Grass family," said Prue.A Little Garden Calendar for Boys and Girls|Albert Bigelow Paine
But this boy has been with me six months, and a nicer lad I never knew.Her Benny|Silas Kitto Hocking
Don't you think it's nicer, easier work than what you would have had to do in the field?Mildred at Home|Martha Finley
It was lighter and nicer than the old canoe, which had so long been used by the family.Little Prudy's Dotty Dimple|Sophie May
British Dictionary definitions for nicer (1 of 3)
- foolish or ignorant
- shy; modest
Word Origin for nice
British Dictionary definitions for nicer (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for nicer (3 of 3)
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Word Origin and History for nicer
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]