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From Middle English sauf, safe, saf, saaf, from Old French sauf, saulf, salf (safe), from Latin salvus (whole, safe), from Proto-Indo-European *solh₂- (whole, every).


  • enPR: sāf, IPA(key): /seɪf/
  • Rhymes: -eɪf
  • Hyphenation: safe


safe (comparative safer or more safe, superlative safest or most safe)

  1. Not in danger; out of harm's reach.
  2. Free from risk; harmless, riskless.
  3. Providing protection from danger; providing shelter.
  4. (baseball) When a batter successfully reaches first base, or when a baserunner successfully advances to the next base or returns to the base he last occupied; not out.
  5. Properly secured; secure.
  6. (used after a noun, often forming a compound) Not susceptible to a specified source of harm.
  7. (Britain, slang) Great, cool, awesome, respectable; a term of approbation.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Steve Carter, Love, Sex and Tesco's Finest Cava, page 169:
      “Yeah, safe mate, wassup?” says one hoodie, who should at least be credited with attempting a more detailed sentence construction.
  8. (slang) Lenient, usually describing a teacher that is easy-going.
  9. Reliable; trusty.
  10. Cautious.


  • harmless, riskless
  • secure
  • (cool): wicked, cool, awesome
  • (reliable): trustworthy
  • (lenient): easy-going, merciful, tolerant, lenient


  • unsafe
  • (providing protection from danger; providing shelter): dangerous
  • (providing protection from danger; providing shelter): harmful
  • insecure
  • (lenient): strict, harsh, intolerant


  • (not in danger from the specified source of harm): dishwasher-safe
  • (properly secured; secure): binary-safe, fail-safe, thread-safe, type-safe, typesafe



safe (plural safes)

  1. A box, usually made of metal, in which valuables can be locked for safekeeping.
  2. (slang) A condom.
    • 1999, Rita Ciresi, Pink Slip, Delta (1999), →ISBN, page 328:
      She'd better have an arsenal of Trojans in her purse just in case he wasn't carrying a safe in his back pocket.
  3. (dated) A ventilated or refrigerated chest or closet for securing provisions from noxious animals or insects.
  4. (dated, colloquial) A safety bicycle.


  • (box for storing valuables): coffer, lockbox, strongbox
  • (condom): see also Thesaurus:condom.


  • failsafe



safe (third-person singular simple present safes, present participle safing, simple past and past participle safed)

  1. (transitive) To make something safe.
    • 2007, Rocky Raab, Mike Five Eight: Air War Over Cambodia: Air War Over Cambodia
      “It just trails behind the pylon until I land, then Cramer removes it when he safes the rocket pods. No evidence of anything when I taxi back inside the compound.”
    • 2012, Erik Seedhouse, Interplanetary Outpost
      One of the most important events after touchdown will be to safe the Dauntless, which will include purging the engines and shutting down the landing systems []

Derived terms

Related terms

  • better safe than sorry
  • Coolgardie safe

See also

  • save
  • safety


  • safe on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Further reading

  • safe in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • safe in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • safe at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • EFAs, FAEs, faes




  1. in the morning

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of sauf



  1. Alternative form of sauf



  1. Alternative form of sauf




  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of safar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of safar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of safar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of safar

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