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Nice appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Nine nice night nurses nursing nicely.
  • It's a nice night for a white rice fight.
  • The Knight said, "He's", with niceties, "some nights a tease or nice at ease on nice settees".

Nice appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Demi Moore cinema tasks a tame nice roo mimed.
  • Sex, if tired, is nice, Xena: an exec insider it fixes.
  • Nurse, I democratise cinema game: nice sitar comedies run.
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Usage statistics for the adjective nice:

spoken English88.62%written English11.38% conversational speech80.71%task-oriented speech19.29% imaginative writing82.42%informational writing17.58%
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Fun fact! "Nice" originally meant "ignorant" or "simple".

Nice is sometimes a misspelling of neck or noisy.

The word nice is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective nice

What does nice mean as an attribute of a noun?

Nice is one of the top 50 most common adjectives. It is used mostly in conversational speech, being the 3rd most common adjective in conversational spoken English.View more statistics!

adjective - degrees: nicer | nicest

  1. pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance
    • examples: what a nice fellow you are and we all thought you so nasty | nice manners | a nice dress | a nice face | a nice day | had a nice time at the party | the corn and tomatoes are nice today
    • antonym: nasty
    • similar: good; pleasant
    • attribute: niceness = the quality of nice
    • see also: pleasant
  2. socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
  3. done with delicacy and skill
    • examples: a nice bit of craft | a job requiring nice measurements with a micrometer | a nice shot
    • synonym of nice: skillful
    • similar: precise
  4. excessively fastidious and easily disgusted
  5. exhibiting courtesy and politeness

Alternative definition of the adjective nice


  1. [obsolete] Silly, ignorant; foolish. [definition 14th-17th c.]
  2. [context: now rare] Particular in one's conduct; scrupulous, painstaking; choosy. [definition from 14th c.]
  3. [obsolete] Particular as regards rules or qualities; strict. [definition 16th-19th c.]
  4. Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle. [definition from 16th c.]
  5. [obsolete] Doubtful, as to the outcome; risky. [definition 16th-19th c.]
  6. Respectable; virtuous. [definition from 18th c.]
  7. Pleasant, satisfactory. [definition from 18th c.]
  8. Of a person: friendly, attractive. [definition from 18th c.]
  9. With "and", having intensive effect: extremely. [definition from 18th c.]

Definition of the adverb nice

What does nice mean as an attribute of something other than a noun?


  1. [colloquial] Nicely.

Other definitions of nice

What does nice also mean?


  1. Used to signify a job well done.


Who is Nice?

Nice is an actor.

Phrases with Nice

Phrases starting with the word Nice:

  1. Nice and
  2. Nice guy
  3. Nice One
  4. Nice-Looking
  5. Nice to Meet You

Phrases ending with the word Nice:

  1. Leptacis nice
  2. Minnesota Nice
  3. species Leptacis nice

Other phrases containing the word Nice:

  1. Have a Nice Day
  2. turn a nice dime
  3. turn a nice penny
  4. turn a nice dollar
  5. No More Mr Nice Guy

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Nice

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Google previewIntimate Partner Violence Prevention and Intervention (2008)

The Risk Assessment and Management Approach by Anna C. Baldry, Frans Willem Winkel

Being nice means that we always treat the men with dignity and respect, and we expect the same from them. In fact, our definition of violence is any attempt to impose our will in a way that denies dignity. We set the bar high. We acknowledge ...

Google previewMalice (2003)

by François Flahault, Liz Heron

Now - as we saw when we compared the respective advantages of love and hate - being nice means internalizing the split between oneself and the other; it means limiting oneself in order to make room for the other, and is therefore a kind of ...

Google previewBailliere's Nurses' Dictionary - E-Book (2014)

for Nurses and Healthcare Workers by Barbara F. Weller

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) 2011 Prevention and control of healthcare-associated infections: Quality improvement Guide (PH36). Nice, London. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) 2012 ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge


Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

Nice, a ei-devant county and province of Savoy, now annexed to the French empire, and included in the dep. of the Maritime Alps. The inhabitants supply Genoa with a great deal of timber for building ships; and carry on a great trade in linen ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Skiri Pawnee (2008)

by Douglas Richard Parks, Lula Nora Pratt

set beside {ihtatakuusk}; side by side {kuuskituuwikus} nibble see bite {taka3uc} nice see good (of a way) {raahiir (uur.

be a nice world> 2. tuuhkaahurarii 4. wiiruuhkaahurariira 5. tuuhkaahurariirasta • tuhkaahurariwaarasta the weather is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Health Services Research (2009)

Ed. by Ross M. Mullner by Ross M. Mullner

Background NICE came into being on April 1, 1999, as part of an initiative designed to eliminate perceived historical inequities ...

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Usage statistics about nice

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the adjective nice:

spoken English88.62%written English11.38% conversational speech80.71%task-oriented speech19.29% imaginative writing82.42%informational writing17.58%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective nice:


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Quotes about Nice

He’d been nice to me till he turned my boss
I’d been nice to him till I turned his servant.
Till he became her husband; he was nice to her.
No Jackie is nice to a horse he rides.
16.02.2010 (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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Scrabble value of N1I1C3E1

The value of this 4-letter word is 6 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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