To be nice is to be pleasant and good-natured. Polite people and sunny days are nice.

Nice people and situations are enjoyable and don't cause problems. If you say something rude (or honest) to your sibling, your parents might say "Be nice!" This word is a little vague and overused. Like interesting, it's hard to know what people really mean when they say nice. One meaning is easier to figure out: if you score a goal in hockey, that was a nice shot. That means you were skillful and did well — you shot the puck nicely.

Definitions of nice
  1. adjective
    pleasant or pleasing or agreeable in nature or appearance
    “"what a nice fellow you are and we all thought you so nasty"- George Meredith”
    nice manners”
    “a nice dress”
    “a nice face”
    “a nice day”
    “had a nice time at the party”
    “the corn and tomatoes are nice today”
    agreeable or pleasing
    (of persons) having pleasing manners or behavior
    affording pleasure; being in harmony with your taste or likings
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    awful, nasty
    offensive or even (of persons) malicious
    dirty, filthy, lousy
    vile; despicable
    very unpleasant or offensive
    hateful, mean
    characterized by malice
    disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings
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  2. adjective
    exhibiting courtesy and politeness
    “a nice gesture”
    synonyms: courteous, gracious
    showing regard for others in manners, speech, behavior, etc.
  3. adjective
    socially or conventionally correct; refined or virtuous
    “a nice girl”
    synonyms: decent
    characterized by socially or conventionally acceptable morals
  4. adjective
    excessively fastidious and easily disgusted
    “too nice about his food to take to camp cooking”
    synonyms: dainty, overnice, prissy, squeamish
    giving careful attention to detail; hard to please; excessively concerned with cleanliness
  5. adjective
    done with delicacy and skill
    “a nice bit of craft”
    “a job requiring nice measurements with a micrometer”
    “a nice shot”
    synonyms: skillful
    sharply exact or accurate or delimited
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