Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
*:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
*:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
* nyc (non-standard)
From (etyl) nice, nyce, nys, from (etyl) nice, niche, .
(obsolete) Silly, ignorant; foolish.
* 1999 , Joyce Crick, translating (Sigmund Freud), (The Interpretation of Dreams) , Oxford 2008, p.83:
- There is nothing he seemed to be more carefull of than of his honesty, and observe a kinde of decencie of his person, and orderly decorum in his habits, were it on foot or on horsebacke. He was exceeding nice in performing his word or promise.
(obsolete) Particular as regards rules or qualities; strict.
* 1818 , (Jane Austen), (Persuasion) :
- But if I dispense with the dreams of neurotics, my main material, I cannot be too nice in my dealings with the remainder.
Showing]] or [[require, requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle.
* 1914 : (Saki), :
- Good company requires only birth, education and manners, and with regard to education is not very nice . Birth and good manners are essential.
* 1974 , (Lawrence Durrell), Monsieur , Faber & Faber 1992, p.131:
- "It's her own funeral, you know," said Sir Lulworth; "it's a nice point in etiquette how far one ought to show respect to one's own mortal remains."
* 2006 , (Clive James), North Face of Soho , Picador 2007, p.242:
- It would be a nice theological point to try and establish whether Ophis os Moslem or gnostic.
(obsolete) Doubtful, as to the outcome; risky.
* 1598 , (William Shakespeare), , IV.1:
- Why it should have attained such longevity is a nice question.
* 1822 , T. Creevey, Reminiscences , 28 Jul.:
- To set so rich a maine / On the nice hazard of one doubtfull houre? It were not good.
- It has been a damned nice thing - the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life.
* 1998 , (Baha Men) -
* 2008 , Rachel Cooke, The Guardian , 20 Apr.:
- When the party was nice , the party was jumpin' (Hey, Yippie, Yi, Yo)
Of a person: friendly, attractive.
With "and", having intensive effect: extremely.
- "What's difficult is when you think someone is saying something nice about you, but you're not quite sure."
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* 1710 , (Jonathan Swift), No. XIV
*: I have strictly observed this rule, and my imagination this minute represents before me a certain great man famous for this talent, to the constant practice of which he owes his twenty years’ reputation of the most skilful head in England, for the management of nice affairs.
* 1930 , , (The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case)
*: Here's another nice mess you've gotten us into.
* 1973 , Cockerel Chorus, Nice One, Cyril!
*: Nice one, Cyril!
Sometimes used sarcastically to mean the opposite or to connote excess.
* charming, delightful, friendly, kind, lovely, pleasant, sweet
* charming, delightful, lovely, pleasant
* (having a pleasant taste or aroma) appetising/appetizing, delicious, moreish (informal), scrummy (slang), scrumptious (slang), tasty
* (subtle) fine, subtle
* horrible, horrid, nasty
* horrible, horrid, nasty
* (having a pleasant taste or aroma) awful, disgusting, foul, horrible, horrid, nasty, nauseating, putrid, rancid, rank, sickening, distasteful, gross, unsatisfactory
* nice and + adjective
* nice and easy
* nice guy
* nice guys finish last
* nice round number
* sugar and spice and everything nice
- Children, play nice .
- He dresses real nice .
Used to signify a job well done.
Used to signify approval.
- Nice! I couldn't have done better.
- Is that your new car? Nice!
Name of a Unix program used to invoke a script or program with a specified priority, with the implication that running at a lower priority is "nice" (kind, etc.) because it leaves more resources for others.
(transitive, computing, Unix) To run a process with a specified (usually lower) priority.
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