in·se·cure | \ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r \

Definition of insecure 

1 : not confident or sure : uncertain feeling somewhat insecure of his reception

2 : not adequately guarded or sustained : unsafe an insecure investment

3 : not firmly fastened or fixed : shaky the hinge is loose and insecure

4a : 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

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Other Words from insecure

insecurely adverb
insecureness noun
insecurity \ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r-ə-tē \ noun

Examples of insecure in a Sentence

I feel shy and insecure around strangers. One of the building's rear doors was insecure. The country's borders remain insecure.
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The role required her to tap into some of the issues women in music face on a daily basis: being judged for her looks, scared to share the songs she’s written, and ultimately insecure in her own ability to hold the stage. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "A Star Is Born," 6 June 2018 The dancers were insecure and stiff at first, getting accustomed to the stage and their spacing. Laura Bleiberg,, "Dance Theatre of Harlem comes full circle with stirring Broad Stage program," 22 Apr. 2018 And beware of those insecure public Wi-Fi hot spots. Hiawatha Bray,, "How to defend your privacy, bit by bit," 3 Apr. 2018 Nevertheless, the need for the most change is in defense, which was porous at times and seemed insecure against Japan. Juan Zamorano,, "Colombia to make changes after loss to Japan," 20 June 2018 Elaine was Ally’s kittenish, gossipy assistant, offering her insecure boss plenty of moral support and coming up with her own inventions in hopes of getting rich. Matthew Gilbert,, "Ten actors who shone even before they were stars," 28 June 2018 No one should have an issue with someone who doesn’t do meat or cocktails, but bringing it up can be a good litmus test for closed-minded, insecure jerks. Beca Grimm, GQ, "15 Things You Should Disclose on a First Date," 14 June 2018 Who knew that Weinstein, so feared for so many years, was such an insecure crybaby? Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "Critic's Notebook: The Harvey Weinstein 'Frontline' Doc Is a Sickening Horror Show," 2 Mar. 2018 This stirred up issues of bullying, leaving me feeling insecure and self-conscious. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "7 People Describe What It's Really Like to Have Alopecia," 14 May 2018

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First Known Use of insecure

1649, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for insecure

Medieval Latin insecurus, from Latin in- + securus secure

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17 Oct 2018

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The first known use of insecure was in 1649

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English Language Learners Definition of insecure

: 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


in·se·cure | \ˌin-si-ˈkyu̇r \

Kids Definition of insecure

1 : not safe or secure insecure property

2 : not confident He's insecure about his talents.


in·se·cure | \ˌin(t)-si-ˈkyu̇(ə)r \

Medical Definition of insecure 

: characterized by or causing emotional insecurity an insecure childhood

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Legal Definition of insecure 

: having a good faith belief that the prospect of receiving payment or performance from a party with whom one has contracted is impaired

Other Words from insecure

insecurity noun

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