niceness etymology

English word niceness comes from English nice, English -ness

Detailed word origin of niceness

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
nice English (eng) Used to signify a job well done.. Used to signify approval. (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. [...]
-ness English (eng) Appended to adjectives to form nouns meaning "the state of being(the adjective)", "the quality of being(the adjective)", or "the measure of being(the adjective)".. Appended to words of other parts of speech to form nouns (often nonce words or terms in philosophy) meaning the state/quality/measure of the idea represented by these words.
niceness English (eng) (computing, Unix) A value determining how much processor time to concede to a running process. (See also nice, renice.). (obsolete) Shyness; reserve. [16th-19th c.]. (obsolete) Silliness; folly. [16th c.]. Effeminacy; indulgence in soft living or luxuriousness. [from 16th c.]. Fastidiousness; fine sensitivity. [from 17th c.]. Pleasantness, especially of behaviour or personality; [...]

Words with the same origin as niceness

Descendants of nice
Niceville nyc
Descendants of -ness
awareness cleanliness craziness darkness dizziness emptiness express fondness foolishness happiness highness illness kindness nothingness readiness selfishness shyness strength talent tenderness ugliness unhappiness weakness weirdness willingness