Definition of


  1. (noun, location) a city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean; the leading resort on the French Riviera
  2. (adj, all) pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance
    nice manners
    a nice dress
    a nice face
    a nice day
    had a nice time at the party
    the corn and tomatoes are nice today
  3. (adj, all) socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
    a nice girl
  4. (adj, all) done with delicacy and skill
    a job requiring nice measurements with a micrometer
    a nice shot
  5. (adj, all) excessively fastidious and easily disgusted
    so squeamish he would only touch the toilet handle with his elbow
  6. (adj, all) exhibiting courtesy and politeness

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Antonyms of Nice


Alternate forms of Nice

Derivations: niceness

Origin of the word Nice

  1. late 13c., "foolish, stupid, senseless," from O.Fr. nice "silly, foolish," from L. nescius "ignorant," lit. "not-knowing," from ne- "not" (see un-) + stem of scire "to know." "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 "pr… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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