Definition of


  1. (noun, artifact) contraceptive device consisting of a sheath of thin rubber or latex that is worn over the penis during intercourse
  2. (noun, artifact) strongbox where valuables can be safely kept
  3. (noun, artifact) a ventilated or refrigerated cupboard for securing provisions from pests
  4. (adj, all) (of an undertaking) secure from risk
  5. (adj, all) free from danger or the risk of harm
    you will be safe here
    a safe place
    a safe bet
  6. (adj, all) having reached a base without being put out
  7. (adj, all) financially sound
    a secure investment

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Safe

dangerous, out

Origin of the word Safe

  1. "chest for keeping valuables," c.1430, save, from M.Fr. en sauf "in safety," from sauf (see safe (adj.)). Spelling with -f- first recorded 1688, from infl. of safe (adj.). more
  2. late 13c., "uninjured, unharmed," from O.Fr. sauf, from L. salvus "uninjured, healthy, safe," related to salus "good health," saluber "healthful," all from PIE *solwos from base *sol- "whole" (cf. L. solidus "solid," Skt. sarvah "uninjured, intact, whole," Avestan haurva- "uninjured, intact," O.Pers. haruva-,… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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