Can we use Prettyinstead of Nice when we want to give a compliment? Reason I am asking is I want to sound less cliche. For example, can I say:

That's a pretty nickname!


I would use pretty for a girl’s nickname, but not a boy’s nickname. The word pretty is typically used for (or associated with) feminine things (“That’s a pretty dress!”) or scenes in nature (“What a pretty sunset!”). You don’t hear “pretty” used for masculine things very often, and, when you do, it might be laced with a bit of sarcasm. (This isn't universally true, but it’s often the case. Here’s a supporting ngram.)

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