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 safest
Nicaragua also is one of the safest countries in the region.China’s Nicaragua Canal Could Spark a New Central America Revolution|Nina Lakhani|November 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Another blank band go to the cops who transformed New York into the safest big city in America.It’s Time for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans to Get a Parade of Their Own|Michael Daly|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And yet, regardless of what side of the industry a performer is on, they think their way is safest.Risky Business or None of Your Business? Gay XXX Films and the Condom Question|Aurora Snow|November 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If lax guns laws and more guns overall made people safer, the United States would be the safest place in the world.How the Gun Nuts Try to Excuse Away the Santa Barbara Slaughter—and Why They’re All Wrong|Cliff Schecter|May 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
So the safest thing to do is to not take any chances: if there is any doubt, reset your password.How to Mitigate the Damage of the Heartbleed Security Hole|Joshua Kopstein|April 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Safest for him, after all, was to lay fast hold of the particularly unimportant person he was, both there and anywhere else.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete|George Meredith
The safest ways to remit are by registered letter or postal note.
However, he took the wisest and the safest course by apprehending the two persons he found in the house.The History of Burke and Hare|George Mac Gregor
The hotels are not the safest places for the p. 314growth of the domestic virtues.Lights and Shadows of New York Life|James D. McCabe
What, please, is the quickest and safest way of transposing from one key to another?Piano Playing|Josef Hofmann
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