sus·​pi·​cious | \ sə-ˈspi-shəs How to pronounce suspicious (audio) \

Definition of suspicious

1 : tending to arouse suspicion : questionable suspicious characters
2 : disposed to suspect : distrustful suspicious of strangers
3 : expressing or indicative of suspicion a suspicious glance

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Other Words from suspicious

suspiciously adverb
suspiciousness noun

Examples of suspicious in a Sentence

We were instructed to report any suspicious activity in the neighborhood. The suspicious vehicle was reported to police. Suspicious characters were seen hanging around the bank. He found a suspicious lump on his back and was afraid it might be cancer. Officials are suspicious about her death. His manner made me suspicious.
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Recent Examples on the Web There’s already overwhelming support for a real, bonafide happy ending for the two of them on Twitter, but even the sleuths over at Reddit are suspicious. Kathryn Lindsay,, "The Internet Has A Wild Theory About Peter & Hannah Brown On The Bachelor," 9 Jan. 2020 The ordeal began when Cudahy police were dispatched just after 1 a.m. on Dec. 28 to the 3000 block of East Holmes Avenue for a complaint of multiple suspicious people. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Driver escapes after leading police on a 100 mph chase through three cities and causing multiple crashes," 7 Jan. 2020 Subsequent investigation determined that Daybell’s death may be suspicious. Steve Helling,, "2 Siblings Have Been Missing Since Sept. — and Family Members Think Mom and Stepdad Joined Sect," 23 Dec. 2019 Many workers at the company have been suspicious of the union's leadership since the scandal became public in 2017. Arkansas Online, "Fiat Chrysler, auto union reach tentative deal on contract," 30 Nov. 2019 Investigators said the blaze did not appear to be suspicious. Erika Butler,, "50 years ago: Harford needs to sell $28 million in bonds, seeks to drop interest rate ceiling," 25 Nov. 2019 But this workout, his first in three years, was suspicious from the start. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Colin Kaepernick Holds His Own Workout," 18 Nov. 2019 In the meantime, investigators are going through multiple surveillance videos and cannot say if the circumstances surrounding the fire are suspicious. Eileen Kelley,, "Fuel trapped on burned superyachts could pose an environmental threat," 18 Nov. 2019 As soon as news of Epstein’s death broke, people were suspicious. Wired, "‘Epstein Didn’t Kill Himself' and the Meme-ing of Conspiracy," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of suspicious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Feb 2020

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“Suspicious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of suspicious

: causing a feeling that something is wrong or that someone is behaving wrongly : causing suspicion
: having or showing a feeling that something is wrong or that someone is behaving wrongly : feeling or showing suspicion


sus·​pi·​cious | \ sə-ˈspi-shəs How to pronounce suspicious (audio) \

Kids Definition of suspicious

1 : likely to arouse suspicion suspicious actions
2 : likely to distrust or be distrustful Trolls are … mighty suspicious about anything new to them.— J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit
3 : showing distrust a suspicious glance

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