Middle EnglishEdit

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EtymologyEdit

From Old French nice, from Latin nescius.

PronunciationEdit

AdjectiveEdit

nyce

  1. foolish, simple, ignorant, naive
  2. scared, weak, lazy
  3. fussy, careful, particular, scrupulous [from 14th c.]
  4. wanton, sinful, morally reprehensible [from 14th c.]
  5. cunning, keen, sharp [from 15th c.]
  6. extravagant, over-the-top [from 15th c.]
  7. (rare) fragile, delicate [from 15th c.]
  8. (rare) strange, odd, bizarre [from 15th c.]
    • a. 1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “Book II”, in Troilus and Criseyde, line 22-28:
      Ȝe knowe ek that in fourme of ſpeche is chaunge / With-inne a thousand ȝeer, and wordes tho /That hadden pris now wonder nyce and ſtraunge /Us thenketh hem, and ȝet thei ſpake hem so / And ſpedde as wel in loue as men now do / Ek forto wynnen loue in ſondry ages / In ſondry londes, ſondry ben vſages []
      You also know that the form of language is in flux; / within a thousand years, words / that had currency; really weird and bizarre / they seem to us now, but they still spoke them / and accomplished as much in love as men do now. / As for winning love across ages and / across nations, there are lots of usages []

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DescendantsEdit

  • English: nice
  • Scots: nice

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NounEdit

nyce (plural nyces)

  1. fool, simpleton
  2. morally reprehensible person

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AdverbEdit

nyce

  1. foolishly, naively

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