adjective, nic·er, nic·est.
Origin of nice
Examples from the Web for nicest
He has a boyfriend now, a job, and a tiny, yet homey, place in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city.
Even people from the “nicest” parts of the country try to downplay that “niceness.”Cleveland Comes Crawling Back to LeBron: The Masochism of Rust Belt Chic|Arthur Chu|July 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"This is the nicest shop in town," a regular named Jose tells us as we join him in line.
Photos posted on the page under the title “The Nicest Hall on Campus?”
Joaquin [Phoenix] and Spike are two of the most brilliant people working today and two of the nicest guys on the planet, too.Olivia Wilde on ‘Drinking Buddies,’ Skinny-Dipping, Booze, and More|Marlow Stern|August 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Henry was far the nicest of the boys, and it was a pity he could not be King; but you shall hear more of him afterwards.The Children's Book of London|Geraldine Edith Mitton
Why, he stood right up on his head, and reached his bill down beneath the pond, and got some of the nicest grass that ever was.Lulu, Alice and Jimmie Wibblewobble|Howard R. Garis
The hind quarter is the nicest part of the mutton to roast, and requires longer to cook than lamb.Housekeeping in Old Virginia|Marion Cabell Tyree
You are the kindest, the nicest, the best she continued incoherently, her voice choking with emotion.The Motor Maids Across the Continent|Katherine Stokes
Averil has never grown properly, but she is the nicest little person in the world when you come to know her.Averil|Rosa Nouchette Carey
British Dictionary definitions for nicest (1 of 3)
- foolish or ignorant
- shy; modest
Word Origin for nice
British Dictionary definitions for nicest (2 of 3)
British Dictionary definitions for nicest (3 of 3)
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Word Origin and History for nicest
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]