This bone-chilling week, they are perhaps just a surer way to avoid frostbite.
The Descendants (which scored six nominations) was a surer thing, but it, too, has been divisive.
There is no surer way to find birds' nests than to go berrying or fishing.
Of two of them he was surer than he was of any of the others.
Mr Hare told me you complained of insomnia, and there is no surer way of losing your health.
You have a surer, and infinitely more interesting, fashion with your friends.
The longer I live the surer I am that I told her very nearly the truth.
We two might start out again, wiser and surer for what had passed.
Still the 'will of the lawgiver' would afford no surer criterion as to what actions were right or wrong.
Fortunately my hopes rest on a surer basis than your honesty.
c.1300, "safe, secure," later "mentally certain" (mid-15c.), from Old French sur, seur "safe, secure," from Latin securus "free from care, untroubled, heedless, safe" (see secure (adj.)). Pronunciation development followed that of sugar. As an affirmative meaning "yes, certainly" it dates from 1803, from Middle English meanings "firmly established; having no doubt," and phrases like to be sure (1650s), sure enough (1540s), and for sure (1580s). The use as a qualifier meaning "assuredly" goes back to early 15c. Sure-footed is from 1630s; sure thing dates from 1836. In 16c.-17c., Suresby was an appellation for a person to be depended upon.
Yes; certainly: Sure, I'll support you (1842+)