Antonyms for nicest

Grammar : Adj
Spell : nahys
Phonetic Transcription : naɪs

Definition of nicest

Origin :
  • late 13c., "foolish, stupid, senseless," from Old French nice (12c.) "careless, clumsy; weak; poor, needy; simple, stupid, silly, foolish," from Latin nescius "ignorant, unaware," literally "not-knowing," from ne- "not" (see un-) + stem of scire "to know" (see science). "The sense development has been extraordinary, even for an adj." [Weekley] -- from "timid" (pre-1300); to "fussy, fastidious" (late 14c.); to "dainty, delicate" (c.1400); to "precise, careful" (1500s, preserved in such terms as a nice distinction and nice and early); to "agreeable, delightful" (1769); to "kind, thoughtful" (1830).
  • "In many examples from the 16th and 17th centuries it is difficult to say in what particular sense the writer intended it to be taken." [OED]
  • By 1926, it was pronounced "too great a favorite with the ladies, who have charmed out of it all its individuality and converted it into a mere diffuser of vague and mild agreeableness." [Fowler]
  • "I am sure," cried Catherine, "I did not mean to say anything wrong; but it is a nice book, and why should I not call it so?""Very true," said Henry, "and this is a very nice day, and we are taking a very nice walk; and you are two very nice young ladies. Oh! It is a very nice word indeed! It does for everything." [Jane Austen, "Northanger Abbey," 1803]
  • adj likable, agreeable
  • adj precise, neat, refined
Example sentences :
  • Remove the fat and serve some of the nicest joints with the soup.
  • Extract from : « Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 3 » by Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Linda, isn't our friendship the nicest thing that ever happened to us?
  • Extract from : « Her Father's Daughter » by Gene Stratton-Porter
  • "I shan't either: you're the nicest aunty in the whole world," cried Raby.
  • Extract from : « Hetty's Strange History » by Anonymous
  • The nicest inspection could not discover any difference in the signature or seal.
  • Extract from : « Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10) » by Maria Edgeworth
  • If one did not know them, one would think them the nicest men the earth could show.
  • Extract from : « Albert Durer » by T. Sturge Moore
  • He is full of sorrow for the death of his Son, the nicest lad I ever saw.
  • Extract from : « Albert Durer » by T. Sturge Moore
  • There I will treat you with the nicest apples and the richest cream.
  • Extract from : « Imogen » by William Godwin
  • I want you and Lester to get well acquainted; he is the nicest boy you ever saw!
  • Extract from : « Polly of Lady Gay Cottage » by Emma C. Dowd
  • Lizzie Ransom is the nicest, but I play better than she does.
  • Extract from : « Melomaniacs » by James Huneker
  • "The nicest stable of horses in the whole country," echoed Frobisher.
  • Extract from : « Roland Cashel » by Charles James Lever

Synonyms for nicest

Based on : - - - Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019