[ in-si-kyoor ]
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  1. subject to fears, doubts, etc.; not self-confident or assured: an insecure person.

  2. not confident or certain; uneasy; anxious: He was insecure about the examination.

  1. not secure; exposed or liable to risk, loss, or danger: an insecure stock portfolio.

  2. not firmly or reliably placed or fastened: an insecure ladder.

Origin of insecure

From the Medieval Latin word insēcūrus, dating back to 1640–50. See in-3, secure

synonym study For insecure

3. See uncertain.

Other words for insecure

Other words from insecure

  • in·se·cure·ly, adverb
  • in·se·cure·ness, noun

Words Nearby insecure Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use insecure in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for insecure


/ (ˌɪnsɪˈkjʊə) /

  1. anxious or afraid; not confident or certain

  2. not adequately protected: an insecure fortress

  1. unstable or shaky

Derived forms of insecure

  • insecurely, adverb
  • insecureness, noun
  • insecurity, noun

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