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2 letters words from 'nice'

EN 2IN 2
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All 4 letters words made out of nice

nice ince ncie cnie icne cine niec inec neic enic ienc einc ncei cnei neci enci ceni ecni icen cien iecn eicn cein ecin

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Definitions and meaning of nice


Alternative forms

  • nyc (non-standard)
  • noice (slang)


  • enPR: nīs, IPA(key): /naɪs/
  • Rhymes: -aɪs

Etymology 1

From Middle English nyce, nice, nys, borrowed from Old French nice, niche, nisce (simple, foolish, ignorant), from Latin nescius (ignorant, not knowing); compare nescire (to know not, be ignorant of), from ne (not) + scire (to know).


nice (comparative nicer, superlative nicest)

  1. Pleasant, satisfactory. [from 18th c.]
    • 1998, Baha Men - Who Let the Dogs Out?
      When the party was nice, the party was jumpin' (Hey, Yippie, Yi, Yo)
    • 2008, Rachel Cooke, The Guardian, 20 Apr.:
      "What's difficult is when you think someone is saying something nice about you, but you're not quite sure."
  2. Of a person: friendly, attractive. [from 18th c.]
  3. Respectable; virtuous. [from 18th c.]
  4. (with and) Shows that the given adjective is desirable, or acts as a mild intensifier; pleasantly, quite. [from 18th c.]
  5. (obsolete) Silly, ignorant; foolish. [14th-17th c.]
  6. (now rare) Particular in one's conduct; scrupulous, painstaking; choosy. [from 14th c.]
    • 1999, Joyce Crick, translating Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams, Oxford 2008, p.83:
      But if I dispense with the dreams of neurotics, my main material, I cannot be too nice [transl. wählerisch] in my dealings with the remainder.
  7. (obsolete) Particular as regards rules or qualities; strict. [16th-19th c.]
    • 1818, Jane Austen, Persuasion, chapter 16:
      "Good company requires only birth, education and manners, and with regard to education is not very nice. Birth and good manners are essential."
  8. Showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment; subtle. [from 16th c.]
    • 1914: Saki, Laura:
      "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."
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p.131:
      It would be a nice theological point to try and establish whether Ophis is Moslem or gnostic.
    • 2006, Clive James, North Face of Soho, Picador 2007, p.242:
      Why it should have attained such longevity is a nice question.
  9. (obsolete) Easily injured; delicate; dainty.
  10. (obsolete) Doubtful, as to the outcome; risky. [16th-19th c.]
    • 1822, T. Creevey, Reminiscences, 28 Jul.:
      It has been a damned nice thing - the nearest run thing you ever saw in your life.
Usage notes

Sometimes used sarcastically to mean the opposite or to connote excess:

  • 1710, Jonathan Swift, The Examiner 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, H.M. Walker, The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case
    Here's another nice mess you've gotten us into.
  • 1973, Cockerel Chorus, Nice One, Cyril!
    Nice one, Cyril!
  • (easy to like: person): charming, delightful, friendly, kind, lovely, pleasant, sweet
  • (easy to like: thing): charming, delightful, lovely, pleasant
  • (having a pleasant taste or aroma): appetising/appetizing, delicious, moreish (informal), scrummy (slang), scrumptious (slang), tasty
  • (subtle): fine, subtle
  • (easy to like: person): horrible, horrid, nasty
  • (easy to like: thing): horrible, horrid, nasty
  • (having a pleasant taste or aroma): awful, disgusting, foul, horrible, horrid, nasty, nauseating, putrid, rancid, rank, sickening, distasteful, gross, unsatisfactory
  • (respectable; virtuous): naughty
Derived terms
Related terms
  • nicety
  • Dutch: nice
  • German: nice
  • Danish: nice
  • Swedish: najs, nice
  • Norwegian:
    • Norwegian Bokmål: nice


nice (comparative nicer, superlative nicest)

  1. (colloquial) Nicely.



  1. Used to signify a job well done.
  2. Used to signify approval.


nice (uncountable)

  1. niceness.

Etymology 2

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.


nice (third-person singular simple present nices, present participle nicing, simple past and past participle niced)

  1. (transitive, computing, Unix) To run a process with a specified (usually lower) priority.
Derived terms
  • renice

Further reading

  • nice in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • nice in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
  • nice at OneLook Dictionary Search
  • Nice at


  • Ince, Niec, cien, cine, cine-, icen



  • IPA(key): [ˈnɪt͡sɛ]
  • Rhymes: -ɪtsɛ
  • Hyphenation: ni‧ce



  1. dative/locative singular of nika


  • Ince



Borrowed from English nice.


nice (used only predicatively, not comparable)

  1. (slang) nice



From Old French nice, inherited from Latin nescius.


  • IPA(key): /nis/


nice (plural nices)

  1. (archaic) candid, naive

Further reading

  • “nice” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of nyce



From Ottoman Turkish نیچه(nice, how much), from Proto-Turkic *nēče, equative form of *nē (what). See ne (what), cognate to Karakhanid ناجا(nēčē, how much).


  • IPA(key): [niˈd͡ʒe]


nice (comparative daha nice, superlative en nice)

  1. many


  • çok

  • agreeable; precise.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)