Definition of nice adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



nicer, nicest


1 pleasant, enjoyable, or attractivea nice day/smile/placenice weatherDid 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 someone 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 our neighborhood.We all had the flu last week—it wasn't very nice.It's nice to know that someone appreciates what I do.2 used before adjectives or adverbs to emphasize how pleasant something isa nice hot batha nice long walkIt was nice and warm yesterday.Everyone arrived nice and Nice and with another adjective cannot be used before a noun:a nice and quiet place.


3 kind; friendlyOur new neighbors are very nice.He's a really nice guy. nice to someoneBe nice to me. I'm not feeling well. nice of someone (to do something)It was nice of them to invite us. nice about somethingI complained to the manager and he was very nice about it.I asked him in the nicest possible way to put his cigarette out. antonym nasty

not nice

4 (ironic) bad or unpleasantThat's a nice thing to say!That's a nice way to speak to your mother!

small details

5 (formal) involving a very small detail or difference synonym subtlea nice point of law (= one that is difficult to decide)
noun [uncountable]In some professions, niceness does not get you very far.

as nice as pie

(informal) very kind and friendly, especially when you are not expecting itas nice as pie

have a nice day!

(informal) a friendly way of saying goodbye, especially to customershave a nice day!

Mr. Nice Guy

(informal) a way of describing a man who is very honest and thinks about the wishes and feelings of other peopleI was tired of helping other people. From now on it was no more Mr. Nice Guy (= I would stop being pleasant and kind).Mr. Nice Guy

nice work if you can get it

(informal) used when you wish that you had someone's success or good luck and think they have achieved it with little effortHe was paid $200 for a ten-minute speech? Nice work if you can get it.nice work if you can get it
Usage noteUsage note: nice 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 weathera cozy/a comfortable/an attractive rooma pleasant/an interesting/an enjoyable experienceexpensive/fashionable/stylish clothesa kind/a charming/an interesting manThe party was fun.In conversation, you can also use great, wonderful, and fantastic: The party was great. We had a fantastic weekend.⇨ note at good