nice guy etymology

English word nice guy comes from English guy, English nice

Detailed word origin of nice guy

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guy English (eng) (intransitive) To exhibit an effigy of Guy Fawkes around the 5th November.. (theatre, transitive) To play in a comedic manner.. (transitive) To make fun of, to ridicule with wit or innuendo. (British) An effigy of a man burned on a bonfire on the anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot (5th November).. (colloquial, figuratively) Thing, unit.. (colloquial, of animals and sometimes objects) Thing, [...]
nice English (eng) (dated) Very small and thus liable to not being noticed.. (now, rare) Particular in one's conduct; scrupulous, painstaking; choosy. [from 14th c.]. (obsolete) Doubtful, as to the outcome; risky. [16th-19th c.]. (obsolete) Particular as regards rules or qualities; strict. [16th-19th c.]. (obsolete) Silly, ignorant; foolish. [14th-17th c.]. Of a person: friendly, attractive. [from 18th c.]. [...]
nice guy English (eng) (idiomatic, euphemistic) An inoffensive adult male who desires romantic companionship but who is too bland and uninspiring to be attractive.. (literally) A man who has a pleasant, friendly manner.