adjective, sur·er, sur·est.
- without doubt; surely; certainly.
- admittedly: She sings well, to be sure, but she can't act.
Origin of sure
Synonyms for sure
Related Words for surenesspositiveness, certitude, conviction, assuredness, certainty, confidence, surety, assurance, proof, resoluteness, perseverance, toughness, durability, fastness, strength, permanence, endurance, steadiness, aplomb, sturdiness
Examples from the Web for sureness
Contemporary Examples of sureness
Hundreds of airliners cross the Atlantic every day with the sureness of shuttle bus.Where Is Flight 447?
June 1, 2009
Historical Examples of sureness
He spoke with the sureness of a man of wealth, confident that money will salve any wound.Within the Law
Then thou, Caius Nepos, art not certain of the sureness of thy hand?"Unto Caesar"
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
When she plays Chopin, she interprets his sureness and neatness.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The light enabled all three to do their work with rapidity and sureness.The Plant Hunters
But it was all over now; his enthusiasm and sureness had fled.Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman
F. Hopkinson Smith
- (takes a clause as object)to make certain; ensure
- (foll by of)to establish or confirm power or possession (over)
- without doubt; certainly
- it has to be acknowledged; admittedly
Word Origin for sure
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.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sure
- sure as shooting
- sure cure
- sure enough
- sure of oneself
- sure thing
- for certain (sure)
- make sure
- slow but sure
- to be sure