in·se·cure adjective \ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r\
: not confident about yourself or your ability to do things well : nervous and uncomfortable
: not certain to continue or be successful for a long time
: not locked or well protected
: not confident or sure : uncertain <feeling somewhat insecure of his reception>
: not adequately guarded or sustained : unsafe <an insecure investment>
: not firmly fastened or fixed : shaky <the hinge is loose and insecure>
a : not highly stable or well-adjusted <an insecure marriage>
b : deficient in assurance : beset by fear and anxiety <always felt insecure in a group of strangers>
— in·se·cure·ly adverb
— in·se·cure·ness noun
— in·se·cu·ri·ty \-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē\ noun
Examples of INSECURE
- I feel shy and insecure around strangers.
- One of the building's rear doors was insecure.
- The country's borders remain insecure.
Origin of INSECURE
Medieval Latin insecurus,
from Latin in-
First Known Use: 1649
Rhymes with INSECURE
, carte du jour
, haute couture
, plat du jour
, soup du jour
, to be sure
, white amur
, Yom Kippur
in·se·cure adjective \ˌin(t)-si-ˈkyu̇(ə)r\ (Medical Dictionary)
: characterized by or causing emotional insecurity <an insecure childhood>
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