Definition of nice in English:



  • 1Pleasant; agreeable; satisfactory.

    ‘we had a nice time’
    ‘that wasn't very nice of him’
    ‘Jeremy had been very nice to her’
    • ‘While it would have been nice to get two wins in Victoria, Mason was satisfied with his team's play.’
    • ‘It was nice to see them and we had a pleasant afternoon and evening.’
    • ‘If it has attractive art and nice looking parts I'm much more inclined to give it a try.’
    • ‘The majority of men will always find images of attractive women nice to look at.’
    • ‘Previously for coastal France I've only been to the Med and it is nice to see waves again; they make a beach complete.’
    • ‘A nice attractive business district around the station was a far cry from Detroit.’
    • ‘Isn't there something nice and satisfying about the feel of a new roll of kitchen foil?’
    • ‘The film is billed as a romance, but the two travellers spend too long exchanging pleasantries and being nice to each other to get any sparks going.’
    • ‘A one-day game is like a nice film - briefly satisfying, but seldom remaining long in the memory.’
    • ‘She's one of those fun, lovely, nice to know, but never-to-be-relied-upon types.’
    • ‘It would be nice to make the town more attractive to its residents.’
    • ‘By way of an experiment you could always try being nice to us - you might be pleasantly surprised.’
    • ‘If estate agents were in charge, there'd be none of this - it'd be something nice, pleasant and attractive.’
    • ‘It's nice to entertain the crowd and I certainly try to do that if I get in, but that's not the main focus.’
    • ‘I still think it must be nice to be so accepted, so certain of who and what you are, but that's not me.’
    • ‘We didn't win but it was nice to have been accepted on our first attempts.’
    • ‘Jackson gave the thumbs up sign, and let a nice, big, satisfied grin sweep over his face.’
    • ‘Individually I dare say they are all sweet and lovely and nice to their kids and help the old folks across the roads.’
    • ‘While it would be nice to be able to cure everything with a nice, neat, simple solution, life is not like that.’
    • ‘Simply add a spoonful or two of yoghurt to your green lettuce to get a nice quick and satisfying snack.’
    enjoyable, pleasant, pleasurable, agreeable, delightful, satisfying, gratifying, acceptable, to one's liking, entertaining, amusing, diverting, marvellous, good
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    1. 1.1(of a person) pleasant in manner; good-natured; kind.
      ‘he's a really nice guy’
      • ‘People being nice to me, pretty girls trying to be my friend, it didn't happen every day.’
      • ‘There's a saying that if someone is nice to you and mean to the waiter, then he's not really a very nice person.’
      • ‘Ray says he's a nice guy, but people are starting to get upset with him because he never turns off his cellphone.’
      • ‘They're always nice to all of us and they try to understand our problems and help us deal with them.’
      • ‘I was very nice to the guy who called, after all, he was just the survey taker.’
      • ‘His writing is amazing and he is the first blogger I read - but not a nice guy on a personal level.’
      • ‘People are very nice to you and you get a chance to live a very interesting and exciting life.’
      • ‘I wasn't going to be mean, because he was too nice of a person to make a snappy comment towards.’
      • ‘I mean, if you look like a nice guy, people are going to trust you.’
      • ‘The girls loved Chris, the guys were cool with him, and he was relatively nice to every person he met.’
      • ‘I got it from a friend of mine; she was really nice to make it for me.’
      • ‘I used to think that everything could be solved by people being nice to each other.’
      • ‘I think people are too nice to make too big a thing about it.’
      • ‘But they're so nice to be around and I don't feel bad about myself when they're near.’
      • ‘People were nice to me and also I am always good to the Japanese people when they come to America.’
      • ‘People were nice to me; they smiled, they laughed, they asked me how I was.’
      • ‘How could an evil guy like Prince Jonas be friends with such a nice person as Adrian?’
      • ‘This guy who I keep telling you about, he's nice to me again and talks to me like such a good friend.’
      • ‘She was so nice to people she met too, signing autographs for everyone.’
      • ‘He was especially nice to Mimi, whom he treated with a gentle solicitude both on and off camera, exactly how he must have been with Takako.’
      pleasant, likeable, agreeable, personable, charming, delightful, amiable, affable, friendly, kindly, genial, congenial, good-natured, engaging, gracious, sympathetic, understanding, compassionate, good
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  • 2Fine or subtle.

    ‘a nice distinction’
    • ‘In fact, I doubt that the nice distinction which Mr Mostyn sought to draw will be capable of identification in most cases.’
    • ‘It is not the sort of nonsense that can arise even in the best system of law out of the need to draw nice distinctions between borderline cases.’
    subtle, fine, delicate, minute, precise, exact, accurate, strict, close, careful, meticulous, rigorous, scrupulous, ultra-fine
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    1. 2.1Requiring careful thought or attention.
      ‘a nice point’
      • ‘It is a nice point, and it is for that reason that I am anxious to obtain your opinion.’
      • ‘I think you really made a nice point.’
  • 3archaic Fastidious; scrupulous.

    • ‘The figure of Justice, you know, is represented with a balance to weigh out to every one his due, with nice and scrupulous exactness.’
    • ‘But she is nice and coy.’
    scrupulous, punctilious, painstaking, meticulous, assiduous, sedulous, perfectionist, fussy, finicky, dainty, over-particular
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Nice originally had a number of meanings, including ‘fine, subtle, discriminating’ (they are not very nice in regard to the company they keep); ‘refined in taste, hard to please, fastidious’ (for company so nice, the finest caterers would be engaged); and ‘precise, strict’ (she has a nice sense of decorum). The overuse of nice to mean ‘pleasant, agreeable, satisfactory’ has rendered the word rather trite: we had a very nice timethis is a nice roomhe's a nice boy


Middle English (in the sense stupid): from Old French, from Latin nescius ignorant from nescire not know Other early senses included coy, reserved giving rise to fastidious, scrupulous: this led both to the sense fine, subtle (regarded by some as the “correct” sense), and to the main current senses.

Definition of Nice in English:


proper noun

  • A resort city on the French Riviera, near the border with Italy; population 348,721 (2007)