Safe vs Wolf - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between safe and wolf

is that safe is a box, usually made of metal, in which valuables can be locked for safekeeping while wolf is a large wild canid of certain subspecies of canis lupus .

As an adjective safe

is not in danger; free from harm's reach.

As a verb wolf is

to devour; to gobble; to eat (something) voraciously.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia safe)


  • Not in danger; free from harm's reach.
  • Free from risk; harmless, riskless.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), title=(The China Governess)
  • , chapter=19 citation , passage=When Timothy and Julia hurried up the staircase to the bedroom floor, where a considerable commotion was taking place, Tim took Barry Leach with him. He had him gripped firmly by the arm, since he felt it was not safe to let him loose, and he had no immediate idea what to do with him.}}
  • Providing protection from danger; providing shelter.
  • (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.
  • Properly secured; secure.
  • (used after a noun, often, forming a compound) Not in danger from the specified source of harm.
  • (UK, slang) Great, cool, awesome, respectable;
  • * {{quote-newsgroup, year=1996, date=August 12, author="Mandrake", title=Re: Multiple Messages - an apology
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  • * {{quote-book, year=1996 or 1997, year_published=2002, publisher=Methuen
  • , author=Roy Williams, title=Plays 1: The No Boys Cricket Club / Startstruck / Lift Off citation , isbn=9780413772091, page=165 , passage=Young Mal: Yu can’t. Irie means yer cool, yer safe , everything awright.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=2000, year_published=2005, publisher=Justin, Charles & Co.
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  • , isbn=9781932112238, page=134 , passage=“If you need more, just ring, yeah?” Punch said.¶ “Safe ,” Brian answered.}}
  • * {{quote-book, year=2002, publisher=Trentham Books, author=Danny Braverman
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  • * (rfdate) 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.
  • Reliable.
  • Cautious.
  • Synonyms

    * harmless, riskless * secure * (cool) wicked, cool, awesome * (reliable) trustworthy


    * unsafe * dangerous * harmful * insecure


    * (not in danger from the specified source of harm) * *


    (en noun)
  • A box, usually made of metal, in which valuables can be locked for safekeeping.
  • (slang) A condom.
  • * 1999 , (Rita Ciresi), Pink Slip , Delta (1999), ISBN 0385323638, 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.
  • (dated) A ventilated or refrigerated chest or closet for securing provisions from noxious animals or insects.
  • Synonyms

    * (box for storing valuables) coffer, lockbox, strongbox * (condom) see also .

    Derived terms

    * * * * *

    See also

    * save * safety






  • A large wild canid of certain subspecies of Canis lupus .
  • A man who makes amorous advances on many women.
  • (music) A wolf tone or wolf note; an unpleasant tone produced when a note matches the natural resonating frequency of the body of a musical instrument, the quality of which may be likened to the howl of a wolf.
  • One of the destructive, and usually hairy, larvae of several species of beetles and grain moths.
  • (figurative) Any very ravenous, rapacious, or destructive person or thing; especially, want; starvation.
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  • A white worm, or maggot, which infests granaries.
  • (obsolete) An eating ulcer or sore. See lupus.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • If God should send a cancer upon thy face, or a wolf into thy side.
  • A willying machine.
  • (Knight)
    (Webster 1913)


    * (large wild canid) Canis lupus , canid


    * (large wild canid) she-wolf

    Coordinate terms

    * (large wild canid) dingo, dog ; coyote, jackal, fox (other canids)

    Derived terms

    (terms derived from "wolf") * Big Bad Wolf * cry wolf * grey wolf, gray wolf * Mexican wolf * raised by wolves * red wolf * sea wolf * she-wolf * Tasmanian wolf * werewolf * white wolf * wolf cub * wolf down * wolf in sheep's clothing * wolf interval * wolfie * wolfish * wolflike * wolf tone * wolven


  • To devour; to gobble; to eat (something) voraciously.
  • * 1987 , James Ellroy, The Black Dahlia
  • After a wolfed burger dinner, I called the night number at Administrative Vice and inquired about known lesbian gathering places.
  • * 2013 , Neil Martin, Collected Stories of the Sea
  • Vicars seated himself and began wolfing a sandwich.


    * gulp down, wolf down


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