- 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 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. kind/friendly
- 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 not nice
- 4(ironic) bad or unpleasant That'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 subtle a nice point of law (= one that is difficult to decide) Word Origin Middle English (in the sense ‘stupid’): from Old French, from Latin nescius