adjective, saf·er, saf·est.
- reaching base without being put out: safe on the throw to first base.
- making it possible to reach a base: a safe slide.
- a pan for catching leakage.
- template(def 7).
- safari park,
- safari shirt,
- safari suit,
- safe and sound,
- safe area,
- safe as houses,
- safe conduct,
- safe deposit box
Origin of safe
Examples from the Web for safer
Mating with a cousin or brother is safer than risking life and limb to mate with an outsider.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Waiting there, I thought, was safer than walking home alone.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Encouraging any victim of crime to come forward makes us all safer.
A former Navy weapons instructor lays out the simple steps lawmakers can take to make us all safer.
It turns out he just wanted to get to Washington because he figured it was safer there than in Houston.The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’: A Grim Show Displays Its Comedy Streak, and A Major Reveal|Melissa Leon|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I guess I'd be safer than you, with the—the——You know what I mean!The Thing from the Lake|Eleanor M. Ingram
If Canada will be safer with them, in heaven's name let her have them.North America, Volume I (of 2)|Anthony Trollope
This averaged rainfall is considered sufficient for wheatgrowing, and safer than a heavier rainfall.Wheat Growing in Australia|Australia Department of External Affairs
It is safer to picket a horse by a rope upon the neck rather than upon the leg.Pluck on the Long Trail|Edwin L. Sabin
Duchemin, however, thought it safer than the water of the place, when he had spied out the associations of the well.Alias The Lone Wolf|Louis Joseph Vance
Word Origin for safe
c.1300, "unscathed, unhurt, uninjured; free from danger or molestation, in safety, secure; saved spiritually, redeemed, not damned;" from Old French sauf "protected, watched-over; assured of salvation," from Latin salvus "uninjured, in good health, safe," related to salus "good health," saluber "healthful," all from PIE *solwos from root *sol- "whole" (cf. Latin solidus "solid," Sanskrit sarvah "uninjured, intact, whole," Avestan haurva- "uninjured, intact," Old Persian haruva-, Greek holos "whole").
As a quasi-preposition from c.1300, on model of French and Latin cognates. From late 14c. as "rescued, delivered; protected; left alive, unkilled." Meaning "not exposed to danger" (of places) is attested from late 14c.; of actions, etc., "free from risk," first recorded 1580s. Meaning "sure, reliable, not a danger" is from c.1600. Sense of "conservative, cautious" is from 1823. Paired alliteratively with sound (adj.) from late 14c. The noun safe-conduct (late 13c.) is from Old French sauf-conduit (13c.).
"chest for keeping food or valuables," early 15c., save, from Middle French en sauf "in safety," from sauf (see safe (adj.)). Spelling with -f- first recorded 1680s, from influence of safe (adj.).
In addition to the idioms beginning with safe
- safe and sound
- safe as houses
- better safe than sorry
- on the safe side
- play it safe