insecure - definition in the British English Dictionary & Thesaurus - Cambridge Dictionaries Online (US)

Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “insecure”

See all translations

insecure

adjective uk   /ˌɪn.sɪˈkjʊər/  us   /-ˈkjʊr/

insecure adjective (NOT CONFIDENT)

C1 Insecure people have little confidence and are uncertain about their own abilities or if other people really like them: I wonder what it was about her upbringing that made her so insecure. He still feels insecure about his ability to do the job.

insecure adjective (NOT SAFE)

C2 (of objects or situations) not safe or not protected: The situation is still insecure, with many of the rebels roaming the streets. Nations which are not self-sufficient in energy will face an insecure future. We've gone through a few financially insecure years.
insecurely
adverb uk   us   /-li/
The shelves were insecurely fastened and fell to the floor.
insecurity
noun [C or U] uk   /-ˈkjʊə.rɪ.ti/  us   /-ˈkjʊr.ə.t̬i/
C2 a sense/feeling of insecurity She had developed an outgoing personality to mask her deep insecurities. financial insecurity
(Definition of insecure from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of insecure?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “insecure” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

decider

a final game or competition that allows one person or team to win, or the winning point scored

Word of the Day

She’s got very good posture. (How we stand and sit)

by Liz Walter,
May 27, 2015
Recently on this blog, we looked at the words that we use to describe the way we move. This week we’re looking at words for describing our bodies when they are still, whether we are standing or sitting. Since most of us do far too much of this, let’s start with sitting.

Read More 

ancestral health noun

May 25, 2015
diet based on the presumed diet of our Palaeolithic ancestors ‘Ancestral health,’ to use a term popular among Paleo followers, has gone mass.

Read More