adjective, nicer, nicest.
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.
make nice, to behave in a friendly, ingratiating, or conciliatory manner.
nice and, sufficiently:
It’s nice and warm in here.
pleasant or commendable: a nice day
kind or friendly: a nice gesture of help
good or satisfactory: they made a nice job of it
subtle, delicate, or discriminating: a nice point in the argument
precise; skilful: a nice fit
(rare) fastidious; respectable: he was not too nice about his methods
nice and, pleasingly: it’s nice and cool
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)
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insincerely agreeable and polite
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]
City in southeastern France on the Mediterranean Sea.
Note: Nice is the most famous resort of the French Riviera.
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- Make no bones about it
To be blunt and candid about something: “The teacher made no bones about the rigorous requirements for the seminar.”
- Make no difference
see: make a difference , def. 3.
- Make no mistake
Have no doubt, certainly, as in Make no mistake—I’ll vote Republican no matter who runs. [ Mid-1800s ] Also see: get someone wrong
- Make no never mind
verb phrase To make no difference; be insignificant: Makes no never mind what he thinks, I’m going (1940s+ Black)