nice-nice etymology

English word nice-nice comes from English nice

Detailed word origin of nice-nice

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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-nice English (eng) (nonstandard) Overly nice interaction, often as a way to make up for past slights or curry favor for the future.