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 surerconfident, clear, convinced, assured, positive, safe, strong, fast, certain, decisive, abiding, changeless, constant, convincing, decided, doubtless, enduring, firm, fixed, genuine
Examples from the Web for surer
Contemporary Examples of surer
The Descendants (which scored six nominations) was a surer thing, but it, too, has been divisive.Oscar Nominations 2012: 11 Snubs and Surprises
January 24, 2012
This bone-chilling week, they are perhaps just a surer way to avoid frostbite.But Can We Still Have Fun?
January 19, 2009
Historical Examples of surer
I think I'm just a split second surer and faster than you are with a gun.Way of the Lawless
"You are the surer, Watkin," said Aylward, standing by them with shaft upon string.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
He had at hand a surer ladder to fame than the mummer's art.The Man Shakespeare
There was no surer way to make her suspect it than by bringing Sidney home.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
That scene at table has made me think of something; and the more I think, the surer I am about it.Rico and Wiseli
- (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