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Can someone explain to me where I have to look if I want to translate nice in the meaning of "cool". Thanks Mallerd 17:11, 2 August 2007 (UTC)

nice meaning: satisfying, rich, voluptuous[edit]

I was looking at a bottle of wine up for auction one day and idly commented to a fellow on-looker, "That looks like a nice bottle of wine." He responded, "Why does everyone say a 'nice' wine or a 'nice' meal?" I had noticed this phenomenon too, and I have thought about this, and I conclude that there is a definition for "nice" which is not yet expressed in our lexicon, and further that this new meaning is probably one of the most common usages today. I suggest that the word "nice" means "satisfying, rich or voluptuous" as in....

  • It's cold outside; come in and have a nice cup of coffee.
  • She has nice tits.
  • That looks like a nice bottle of wine.
  • I've been working all day; I need a nice meal.
  • I got a nice chunck of change for my car.
Well. I agree, on native speaker intuition, with the assessment that there's a usage of "nice" that isn't as unimpassioned as a straight reading of definitions 7 and 8 suggest. But I hesitate to count it as a new sense yet; this seems like only a range of connotations of one sense to me, with pragmatics giving a helping hand. That said, go ahead and add it if you want (with good citations for full credit). 4pq1injbok 23:51, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

RFC discussion: February 2007[edit]

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nice has extra translations

When adding Hebrew translations for 'nice' I noticed that there is an extra translation section, not corresponding to any of the definitions: showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment. I personally don't think that this is a meaning of nice (although I'll accept different opinions if such exist), and (based on the translations), this actually belongs in the definitions of 'fine'. Does it seem reasonable to remove it? AggyLlama 01:15, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

It would appear that the translations section is all jacked up. Personally, I think that only two of the definitions are valid (1 & 3). We should try and figure out exactly how many definitions we want, and then we can start working on the translation tables. Atelaes 08:53, 19 February 2007 (UTC)
No, I think nice sometimes has the stated meaning of "showing or requiring great precision or sensitive discernment"; for example, a nice distinction. Here it does not mean pleasant, attractive, or tasty, it means something like fine. —Stephen 08:58, 19 February 2007 (UTC)

Two etymologies[edit]

Etymology 2 explains that the verb came from the Unix program nice. That’s true, but the program name came from the adjective nice. In this case, shouldn’t we unify the two sections? — TAKASUGI Shinji (talk) 05:35, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

Comparative Adverb form of "nice" -- "nicer" or "more nice"?[edit]

The wiktionary entry here suggests that the comparative form of the adverb usage of nice is "more nice", but I've always heard "nicer" used. Should we break out the citations for this? Fieari (talk) 01:40, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

I think it's safe to just change it. When I think of expression like "He treats me nicer than you do" it's clear that the comparative adverb is such Leasnam (talk) 01:43, 20 February 2017 (UTC)