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nice

nice

 
 
pronunciation:
naIs
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part of speech: adjective
inflections: nicer, nicest
definition 1: pleasant; attractive.
He has a nice face.Your room is nice.
synonyms:
agreeable, attractive, pleasant
antonyms:
mean, nasty
similar words:
charming, likable, sweet, winning
definition 2: thoughtful of others; courteous; kind.
Theo has some nice friends.It was nice of her to visit me in the hospital.
synonyms:
considerate, courteous, gracious, kind, polite, well-mannered
antonyms:
nasty, rough
similar words:
amiable, decent, fine, respectable
definition 3: showing a high degree of skill or craftsmanship.
Nice shoes are expensive.
synonyms:
fine
similar words:
adept, clever, exquisite
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.