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This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word nicely.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. nicelyadverb

    in a nice way

    "a nicely painted house"


  1. nicelyadverb

    Fastidiously; carefully.

  2. nicelyadverb

    Pleasantly; satisfactorily.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Nicelyadverb

    Etymology: from nice.

    These kind of knaves in this plainness
    Harbour more craft, and more corrupter ends,
    Than twenty silky ducking observants
    That stretch their duties nicely. William Shakespeare, K. Lear.

    What mean those ladies which, as tho’
    They were to take a clock to pieces, go
    So nicely about the bride? John Donne.

    He ought to study the grammar of his own tongue, that he may understand his own country-speech nicely, and speak it properly. John Locke.

    The next thing of which the doses ought to be nicely determined, are opiates. John Arbuthnot, on Coins.

    At nicely carving shew thy wit;
    But ne’er presume to eat a bit. Jonathan Swift, Miscell.

    The inconveniences attending the best of governments, we quickly feel, and are nicely sensible of the share that we bear in them. Francis Atterbury.


  1. Nicely

    Nicely is a surname.


  1. nicely

    Nicely is an adverb primarily used to describe something being done in a pleasant, enjoyable, or satisfactory fashion. It can also refer to doing something with precision or accuracy. It may also signify politeness, kindness or pleasing appearance. However, its interpretation can greatly depend on the context in which it is used.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nicelyadverb

    in a nice manner

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Nicely is ranked #6998 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Nicely surname appeared 4,789 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 would have the surname Nicely.

    88.4% or 4,236 total occurrences were White.
    6.4% or 311 total occurrences were Black.
    2.1% or 101 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 86 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.6% or 31 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.5% or 24 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'nicely' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2809

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nicely in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nicely in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of nicely in a Sentence

  1. Malaysia Bernd Wiesberger:

    It's my European Tour record, I've never shot 63, so it was good to do it on Saturday when in contention, i started really nicely and finished really nicely, so there were a lot of good things.

  2. Henrik Stenson:

    I struggled on the greens the first three days ... (but) it gives the confidence a little boost , I was putting nicely and I would love to bring some of that momentum in here this week.

  3. Gwen Carr:

    The riots have been so beautiful, so nicely done, and peace is the message. We don't want any violence but keep on moving on.

  4. Adam Scott:

    The wind was flipping, it was tough to get the right yardage let alone the accuracy, i felt like I really hung in there nicely. To grab five bogeys on a day like today, if I can do that tomorrow I think I will be in good shape.

  5. Nicholas Alahverdian:

    I had other problems — I dressed nicely. I used words that were not monosyllabic. I aspired to go to Harvard University or Yale. The DCYF receptionist and the security guard would nod and smile at the narrative for my future. The social workers would counsel me to dress with baggy jeans and speak like a child so as to not elicit beatings by the other kids.” Excerpt From: Nicholas Alahverdian. “Ignoble Inferno/ The Nicholas Alahverdian Lawsuit.” iBooks.

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    • A. sheath
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