adjective, nic·er, nic·est.
Origin of nice
Synonyms for nice
Antonyms for nice
Examples from the Web for nicer
Contemporary Examples of 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'
March 27, 2014
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
July 25, 2013
Before planning your trip, Evans advises doing some research and picking an airport you know has Wi-Fi and nicer amenities.Digital Nomad Andrew Evans’s Six Top Travel Tips
March 7, 2013
My towels are nicer than this, and I found one of mine on a train.The Sadly Underwhelming Playboy Mansion
February 6, 2013
Do the wealthy get to live in nicer houses and drive nicer cars than the poor?Treat the Symptom, Not the Measurement
November 1, 2012
Historical Examples of nicer
She had a belief that her father's house was nicer than other people's houses.Life and Death of Harriett Frean
I don't know which was nicer, Jessica, Nora's wedding or yours.Grace Harlowe's Return to Overton Campus
Jessie Graham Flower
He thought it would be nicer to go to the copse, and so they moved on up the lane.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Nothing makes a nicer tourte in this way than large soles, taking off the flesh from the backbone, without the side fins.
No, Hosy, she's nicer to us than she was at first because it's her nature to be nice.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
- 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]