Definition of nice adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//naɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//naɪs//
    (nicer, nicest) Kind, Friendly
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  1. 1  pleasant, enjoyable or attractive a nice day/smile/place nice weather Did you have a nice time? You look very nice. ‘Do you want to come, too?’ ‘Yes, that would be nice.’ The nicest thing about her is that she never criticizes us. nice (to do something) Nice to meet you! (= a friendly greeting when you meet somebody for the first time) nice (doing something) It's been nice meeting you. nice (that…) It's nice that you can come with us. It would be nice if he moved to London. We all had the flu last week—it wasn't very nice. It's nice to know that somebody appreciates what I do.
  2. 2  used before adjectives or adverbs to emphasize how pleasant something is a nice hot bath a nice long walk It was nice and warm yesterday. Everyone arrived nice and early. Nice and with another adjective cannot be used before a noun:a nice and quiet place.
  3. kind/friendly
  4. 3  kind; friendly Our new neighbours are very nice. He's a really nice guy. nice to somebody Be nice to me. I'm not feeling well. nice of somebody (to do something) It was nice of them to invite us. nice about something I complained to the manager and he was very nice about it. I asked him in the nicest possible way to put his cigarette out. Vocabulary BuildingNice and very niceInstead of saying that something is nice or very nice, try to use more precise and interesting adjectives to describe things: pleasant/​perfect/beautiful weather a cosy/a comfortable/an attractive room a pleasant/an interesting/an enjoyable experience expensive/fashionable/smart clothes a kind/a charming/an interesting man The party was fun.In conversation you can also use great, wonderful, lovely and (in British English) brilliant:The party was great. We had a brilliant weekend. note at good opposite nasty See related entries: Kind, Friendly
  5. not nice
  6. 4(ironic) bad or unpleasant That's a nice thing to say! That's a nice way to speak to your mother!
  7. small details
  8. 5(formal) involving a very small detail or difference synonym subtle a nice point of law (= one that is difficult to decide)
  9. Word OriginMiddle English (in the sense ‘stupid’): from Old French, from Latin nescius ‘ignorant’, from nescire ‘not know’. Other early senses included ‘coy, reserved’, giving rise to ‘fastidious, scrupulous’: this led both to the sense ‘fine, subtle’ (regarded by some as the “correct” sense), and to the main current senses.Extra examples He was incredibly nice about it, though I am sure it caused him a lot of trouble. His mother sounded very nice on the phone. I cleaned the room to make it nice for the others when they came home. I felt nice and cosy. I’m sure she’s perfectly nice really. It had not been a particularly nice experience. It’s a nice little place you have here. It’s nice for Mum to get out more. Some of the boys were nice enough, but she didn’t want to go out with them. That bread smells nice. an awfully nice man ‘Do you want to come too?’ ‘Yes, that would be nice.’ Be nice to me. I’m not feeling well. Can’t you be nice to each other for once? Have a nice day! He’s a really nice guy. If it’s a nice day tomorrow , shall we go out? It’s been nice meeting you. It’s nice that you can come with us. It’s nice to know that somebody appreciates what I do. Nice to meet you! We all had the flu last week—it wasn’t very nice. You look nice.Idioms (informal) very kind and friendly, especially when you are not expecting it (informal, especially North American English) a friendly way of saying goodbye, especially to customers (informal) a way of describing a man who is very honest and thinks about the wishes and feelings of other people I was tired of helping other people. From now on it was no more Mr Nice Guy (= I would stop being pleasant and kind). (British English, informal) used to show you are pleased when something good has happened or somebody has said something amusing You got the job? Nice one! (informal, especially British English) used to show you are pleased when somebody has done something well You did a good job today. Nice work, James!
    nice work if you can get it
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    (informal) used when you wish that you had somebody’s success or good luck and think they have achieved it with little effort He was paid £200 for a ten-minute speech? Nice work if you can get it.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: nice