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nice

nice

 
 
pronunciation:
naIs
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: nicer, nicest
definition 1: having good behavior; polite.
Theresa has some nice friends.
synonyms:
kind, polite
antonyms:
nasty
similar words:
fine
definition 2: enjoyable; pleasant.
The weather is nice today.I had a nice talk with my brother.
synonyms:
enjoyable, good
antonyms:
unpleasant
similar words:
cool, pleasant
derivations: nicely (adv.), niceness (n.)
Word History
Nice is from a Latin word that means "not to know." Before the 1300s, it meant "ignorant," and in early English, "timid, fussy, or dainty." By the 1500s, it meant "precise or careful," but not until 1830 did it come to mean "kind or thoughtful." Who knows what "nice" will mean a hundred years from now?
Word Builder: nice +
  • nicely:
    in a nice way.