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Nice, 1) fine, elegant: “despite his n. fence,” Ado V, 1, 75.
2) tender, delicate, dainty: “hence, thou n. crutch,” H4B I, 1, 145.* “when mine hours were n. and lucky,” Ant. III, 13, 180.
3) precise, accurate: “the painter was so n.” Lucr. 1412. “to hold your honour more precise and n.” H4B II, 3, 40. “to prenominate in n. conjecture where thou wilt hit me,” Troil. IV, 5, 250. “O relation too n., and yet too true,” Mcb. IV, 3, 174. Hence == precarious: “to set so rich a main on the n. hazard of one doubtful hour,” H4B IV, 1, 48.
4) scrupulous, punctilious, critical: “n. affections wavering stood in doubt if best were as it was, or best without,” Compl. 97. “I am not solely led by n. direction of a maiden's eyes,” Merch. II, 1, 14. to make n. of == to be scrupulous about: “he that stands upon a slippery place makes n. of no vile hold to stay him up,” John III, 4, 138.
5) subtile, sophistical: “if you grow so n., metheglin, wort and malmsey,” LLL V, 2, 232. “these n. sharp quillets of the law,” H6A II, 4, 17. “wherefore stand you on n. points?” H6C IV, 7, 58.
6) coy, prudish, delicate to a fault: “she is n. and coy,” Gent. III, 1, 82. “these betray n. wenches, that would be betrayed without these,” LLL III, 24. “we'll not be n.: take hands!” V, 2, 219. “this is the ape of form, monsieur the n.” V, 2, 219 “sharp occasions, which lay n. manners by,” All's V, 1, 15. “n. customs curtsy to great kings,” H5 V, 2, 293. “upholding the n. fashion of your country in denying me a kiss,” H5 V, 2, 293
7) squeamish, not contented with any thing, capricious: the lady's (melancholy) “which is n.” As IV, 1, 14. “I am not so n., to change true rules for old inventions,” Shr. III, 1, 80. “n. longing, slanders, mutability,” Cymb. II, 5, 26 (hyphened in O. Edd.).
8) petty, insignificant, trifling: “and between these main parcels of dispatch effected many --r needs,” All's IV, 3, 105. “every idle, n. and wanton reason,” H4B IV, 1, 191. “the respects thereof are n. and trivial,” R3 III, 7, 175. “bethink how n. the quarrel was,” Rom. III, 1, 159. “the letter was not n. but full of charge,” V, 2, 18. “that every n. offence should bear his comment,” Caes. IV, 3, 8. “feed upon such n. and waterish diet,” Oth. III, 3, 15.
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