(adj.) Middle English sauf, saf
< Anglo-French saf, Old French sauf
< Latin salvus
intact, whole; (noun) late Middle English save,
orig. derivative of save1
, assimilated to the adj.; cf. salvation
safely, adverbsafeness, nounquasi-safe, adjectivequasi-safely, adverbsupersafe, adjectivesupersafely, adverbsupersafeness, nounultrasafe, adjectiveunsafe, adjectiveunsafely, adverbunsafeness, noun
protected, sound, guarded. Safe, secure
may both imply that something can be regarded as free from danger. These words are frequently interchangeable. Safe
however, is applied rather to a person or thing that is out of or has passed beyond the reach of danger: The ship is safe in port. Secure
is applied to that about which there is no need to fear or worry: to feel secure about the future; The foundation of the house does not seem very secure. 4.
sure, reliable. 5.
wary, careful. 8.
strongbox, coffer, chest, safe-deposit box.