Hypertext Webster Gateway: "nice"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Nice \Nice\, a. [Compar. {Nicer}; 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
1. Foolish; silly; simple; ignorant; also, weak; effeminate.
[Obs.] --Gower.

But say that we ben wise and nothing nice.

2. Of trifling moment; nimportant; trivial. [Obs.]

The letter was not nice, but full of charge Of dear
import. --Shak.

3. Overscrupulous or exacting; hard to please or satisfy;
fastidious in small matters.

Curious not knowing, not exact but nice. --Pope.

And to taste Think not I shall be nice. --Milton.

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.'' --Coleridge.

6. Done or made with careful labor; suited to excite
admiration on account of exactness; evidencing great
skill; exact; fine; finished; as, nice proportions, 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 nice Where ends the virtue, or
begins the vice. --Pope.

7. Pleasing; agreeable; gratifying; delightful; good; as, a
nice party; a nice excursion; a nice person; a nice day; a
nice sauce, etc. [Loosely & Colloquially]

{To make nice of}, to be scrupulous about. [Obs.] --Shak.

Syn: Dainty; delicate; exquisite; fine; accurate; exact;
correct; precise; particular; scrupulous; punctilious;
fastidious; squeamish; finical; effeminate; silly.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

adj 1: pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance;
"what a nice fellow you are and we all thought you so
nasty"- George Meredith; "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"
[ant: {nasty}]
2: socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous;
"from a decent family"; "a nice girl" [syn: {decent}]
3: done with delicacy and skill; "a nice bit of craft"; "a job
requiring nice measurements with a micrometer"; "a nice
shot" [syn: {skillful}]
4: excessively fastidious and easily disgusted; "too nice about
his food to take to camp cooking"; "so squeamish he would
only touch the toilet handle with his elbow" [syn: {dainty},
{overnice}, {prissy}, {squeamish}]
5: noting distinctions with nicety; "a discriminating interior
designer"; "a nice sense of color"; "a nice point in the
argument" [syn: {discriminate}]
6: exhibiting courtesy and politeness; "a nice gesture" [syn: {courteous},
n : a city in southeastern France on the Mediterranean; the
leading resort on the French Riviera [syn: {Nice}]

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