Nicely vs Fretful - What's the difference?
As an adverb nicely
is (obsolete) fastidiously; carefully.
As an adjective fretful is
irritable, bad-tempered, grumpy or peevish.
(obsolete) Fastidiously; carefully.
* 1590 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , III.xii:
Precisely; with fine discernment or judgement.
*1926 , (Ford Madox Ford), A Man Could Stand Up—'', Penguin 2012 (''Parade's End ), p. 580:
*:An army – especially in peace time – is a very complex and nicely adjusted affair […].
* 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 59:
- He lookt askew with his mistrustfull eyes, / And nicely trode, as thornes lay in his way, / Or that the flore to shrinke he did auyse [...].
- Henry's carefully calibrated public appearances would present him as the wellspring of honour, justice and power, the unknowable, all-seeing sovereign who, as the Milanese ambassador Soncino nicely observed, appeared in public ‘like one at the top of a tower looking on at what is passing in the plain’.
* fretfull (archaic)
irritable, bad-tempered, grumpy or peevish
unable to relax; fidgety or restless
- It was another cry, but not quite like the one she had heard last night; it was only a short one, a fretful , childish whine muffled by passing through walls.