1. Foolish; silly; simple; ignorant; also, weak; effeminate. [Obs.] Gower.
"But say that we ben wise and nothing nice." -- Chaucer.
2. Of trifling moment; unimportant; trivial. [Obs.]
"The letter was not nice, but full of charge Of dear import." -- Shak.
3. Overscrupulous or exacting; hard to please or satisfy; fastidious in small matters.
"Curious not knowing, not exact but nice." -- Pope.
"And to taste Think not I shall be nice." -- Milton.
4. Delicate; refined; dainty; pure.
"Dear love, continue nice and chaste." -- Donne.
"A nice and subtile happiness." -- Milton.
5. Apprehending slight differences or delicate distinctions; distinguishing accurately or minutely; carefully discriminating; as, a nice taste or judgment. "Our author happy in a judge so nice." Pope. "Nice verbal criticism." Coleridge.
6. Done or made with careful labor; suited to excite admiration on account of exactness; evidencing great skill; exact; fine; finished; as, nice proportions, nice workmanship, a nice application; exactly or fastidiously discriminated; requiring close discrimination; as, a nice point of law, a nice distinction in philosophy.
"The difference is too nice Where ends the virtue, or begins the vice." -- Pope.
7. Pleasing; agreeable; gratifying; delightful; good; as, a nice party; a nice excursion; a nice person; a nice day; a nice sauce, etc. [Loosely & Colloquially]
To make nice of
to be scrupulous about. [Obs.] Shak.
Syn. -- Dainty; delicate; exquisite; fine; accurate; exact; correct; precise; particular; scrupulous; punctilious; fastidious; squeamish; finical; effeminate; silly.