Nice(ns), a. [Compar. Nicer (n"sr); superl. Nicest.] [OE., foolish, fr. OF. nice ignorant, fool, fr. L. nescius ignorant; ne not + scius knowing, scire to know. Perhaps influenced by E. nesh delicate, soft. See No, and Science.] 1. Foolish; silly; simple; ignorant; also, weak; effeminate. [Obs.] Gower.
But say that we ben wise and nothing nice.Chaucer.
2. Of trifling moment; unimportant; trivial.
The letter was not nice, but full of chargeShak.
Of dear import.
3. Overscrupulous or exacting; hard to please or satisfy; fastidious in small matters.
Curious not knowing, not exact but nice.Pope.
And to tasteMilton.
Think not I shall be nice.
4. Delicate; refined; dainty; pure.
Dear love, continue nice and chaste.Donne.
A nice and subtile happiness.Milton.
5. Apprehending slight differences or delicate distinctions; distinguishing accurately or minutely; carefully discriminating; as, a
nice taste or judgment. "Our author happy in a judge so nice."
Pope. "Nice verbal criticism."
6. Done or made with careful labor; suited to excite admiration on account of exactness; evidencing great skill; exact; fine; finished; as,
nice workmanship, a
nice application; exactly or fastidiously discriminated; requiring close discrimination; as, a
nice point of law, a
nice distinction in philosophy.
The difference is too nicePope.
Where ends the virtue, or begins the vice.
7. Pleasing; agreeable; gratifying; delightful; good; as, a
nice party; a
nice excursion; a
nice day; a
nice sauce, etc.
[Loosely & Colloquially]
8. Pleasant; kind; as, a
9. Hence: Well-mannered; well-behaved; as,
He's making a list, checking it twice.Song.
Gonna find out who's naughty or nice
Santa Claus is coming to town.
To make nice of, to be scrupulous about.
Syn. -- Dainty; delicate; exquisite; fine; accurate; exact; correct; precise; particular; pleasant; kind; scrupulous; punctilious; fastidious; squeamish; finical; effeminate; silly; well-mannered; well-behaved.
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