Complete Definition of "nice"

see|Nice
English

Etymology
Latin nescius = "not knowing".

Original usage: "A nice distinction", meaning a distinction so subtle it would only be made by the ignorant. Similar in meaning to the phrase "a moot point". The illogical association of "nice" with good feelings probably arose from the loss of the original meaning and a false interpretation of the word's usage.

Pronunciation
AHD|nīs, IPA|/naɪs/, SAMPA|/naIs/
audio|en-us-nice.ogg|Audio (US)
rhymes|aɪs

Adjective
en-adj|nic|er

  1. Of a thing or person or event, pleasant, pretty:

#: What a nice dress!

  1. Admirable, enviable:

#: A third-term senator holds a nice level of seniority.

  1. Innocent; gentle; distinguished by perceived class or virtue:

#: What is a nice person like you doing in a place like this?

  1. show|Showing or require|requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle

#: a nice distinction

  1. neat; elegantly succinct:

#: Fermat believed he had a nice proof of his theorem.

  1. Bordering on failure or disaster; succeeding by the narrowest of margins:

#: "It has been a damned nice thing - the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life" -- The Duke of Wellington shortly after the Battle of Waterloo, 1815.

  1. colloquial With "and", excellent, pleasing:

#: The soup is nice and hot.

Sometimes used sarcastically to mean the opposite or to connote excess.

Synonyms
(easy to like: person): charming, delightful, lovely, pleasant, sweet
(easy to like: thing): charming, delightful, lovely, pleasant
(having a pleasant taste or aroma): appetising/appetizing, delicious, moreish (informal), scrummy (slang), scrumptious (slang), tasty
(subtle): fine, subtle

Antonyms
(easy to like: person): horrible, horrid, nasty
(easy to like: thing): horrible, horrid, nasty
(having a pleasant taste or aroma): awful, disgusting, foul, horrible, horrid, nasty, nauseating, putrid, rancid, rank, sickening,distasteful,gross, unsatisfactory
(subtle):

Related terms
nicely
niceness
nicety

Translations
trans-top|easy to like
Arabic: Arab|حس٠IPAchar|(ħássan)
Chinese: zh-ts|ç¾å¥½ç|ç¾å¥½ç (mÄihÇode)
Czech: hezký, pÅíjemný, milý
Dutch: aardig, aardige, sympathiek, sympathieke, leuk, leuke, aangenaam, aangename, fijn, fijne
Finnish: kiva#Finnish|kiva (colloquial), mukava, sympaattinen (of people)
French: (person) gentil m, gentille f, sympathique m|f, sympa (informal) m and f; (thing) agréable
German: freundlich, sympathisch, lieb, nett
Greek: καλÏÏ (kalós) m
Hebrew: he-translation|× ×××|nekhmád m, he-translation|× ××××|nekhmadá f
Hungarian: kellemes, szép
trans-mid
Italian: (person) simpatico m, simpatica f, (thing) piacevole m and f
Japanese: å¿«ã (ããããã, kokoroyoi)
Korean: ì¢ì (joheun)
Norwegian: hyggelig, sympatisk
Polish: miÅy, przyjemny
Portuguese: bonito, agradável, simpático
Russian: милÑй (mílyj) of a person, пÑиÑÑнÑй (prijátnyj) of a thing
Slovak: príjemný, pÄkný
Spanish: simpático m, simpática f, agradable, amable
Swedish: sympatisk
Turkish: hoÅ, güzel, iyi
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trans-top|pleasant to look at
Czech: hezký m, pÄkný m, krásný m,
Dutch: aantrekkelijk, aantrekkelijke, mooi, mooie, knap, knappe
French: beau m, belle f, joli m, jolie f
Greek: ÏÏÎ±Î¯Î±Ï (oréas) m, ÏÏαία (oréa) f, ÏÏαίο (oréo) n
Hebrew: he-translation|×פ×|yafé m, he-translation|×פ×|yafá f, he-translation|× ×¢×|na`é m, he-translation|× ×¢×|na`á f
trans-mid
Italian: bello m, bella f
Norwegian: pen
Russian: ÑимпаÑиÑнÑй (simpatíÄnyj)
Spanish: bonito m, bonita f, bello m, bella f
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trans-top|having a pleasant taste or aroma
Dutch: lekker, lekkere, aangenaam, aangename
French: bon m, bonne f
German: lecker, angenehm
Greek: νÏÏÏÎ¹Î¼Î¿Ï (nóstimo) m, νÏÏÏιμη (nóstimi) f, νÏÏÏιμο (nóstimo) n (taste)
Hebrew: he-translation|× ×¢××|na`ím m, he-translation|× ×¢×××|ne`imá f
trans-mid
Italian: buono m, buona f
Polish: miÅy
Spanish: rico, bueno
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trans-top|showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment
Dutch: fijn, fijne
German: super, schön, wunderbar, toll, geil
trans-mid
Norwegian: fin
Russian: Ñонкий (tónkij)
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ttbc|Bulgarian: пÑиÑÑен, добÑÑ, ÑÑбав
ttbc|Chinese: å®äººç (yírén de)
ttbc|German: schön, aufmerksam
ttbc|Irish: deas
ttbc|Vietnamese: Äẹp

Interjection
nice!

  1. Used to signify a job well done.

#: Nice! I couldn't have done better.

Category:English heteronyms
Category:English interjections
Category:Positive words

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id:nice
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hu:nice
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pl:nice
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ru:nice
simple:nice
fi:nice
vi:nice
tr:nice
zh:nice

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