- pleasing; agreeable; delightful: a nice visit.
- amiably pleasant; kind: They are always nice to strangers.
- characterized by, showing, or requiring great accuracy, precision, skill, tact, care, or delicacy: nice workmanship; a nice shot; a nice handling of a crisis.
- showing or indicating very small differences; minutely accurate, as instruments: a job that requires nice measurements.
- minute, fine, or subtle: a nice distinction.
- having or showing delicate, accurate perception: a nice sense of color.
- refined in manners, language, etc.: Nice people wouldn't do such things.
- virtuous; respectable; decorous: a nice girl.
- suitable or proper: That was not a nice remark.
- carefully neat in dress, habits, etc.
- (especially of food) dainty or delicate.
- having fastidious, finicky, or fussy tastes: They're much too nice in their dining habits to enjoy an outdoor barbecue.
- Obsolete. coy, shy, or reluctant.
- Obsolete. unimportant; trivial.
- Obsolete. wanton.
- make nice, to behave in a friendly, ingratiating, or conciliatory manner.
- nice and, sufficiently: It's nice and warm in here.
Origin of nice
Synonyms for niceSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for nice
Related Words for nicestcordial, kind, good, okay, fair, superior, swell, welcome, winning, lovely, friendly, ducky, trim, right, dainty, tidy, hairsplitting, particular, fine, minute
Examples from the Web for nicest
Contemporary Examples of nicest
He has a boyfriend now, a job, and a tiny, yet homey, place in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city.Gay Palestinians In Israel: The 'Invisible Men'
August 13, 2014
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
July 15, 2014
"This is the nicest shop in town," a regular named Jose tells us as we join him in line.Welcome to the Jungle: Pot Tourism
Abby Haglage, Caitlin Dickson
February 3, 2014
Photos posted on the page under the title “The Nicest Hall on Campus?”George Washington University’s Housing Horrors
August 21, 2013
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
August 19, 2013
Historical Examples of nicest
Remove the fat and serve some of the nicest joints with the soup.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
Linda, isn't our friendship the nicest thing that ever happened to us?Her Father's Daughter
"I shan't either: you're the nicest aunty in the whole world," cried Raby.Hetty's Strange History
The nicest inspection could not discover any difference in the signature or seal.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
If one did not know them, one would think them the nicest men the earth could show.Albert Durer
T. Sturge Moore
- 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
- foolish or ignorant
- shy; modest
- nice and pleasinglyit's nice and cool
Word Origin for nice
- 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)
- (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
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]