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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The blaze's cause and origin are being investigated by Greenfield's Fire Marshal and police detectives, who noted later Monday that the fire does appear to be suspicious. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 2 May 2022 Timken and other non-Vance candidates argue that most Ohio voters are still suspicious of Vance, who was highly critical of Trump in 2016, despite the endorsement. Tyler Olson, Fox News, 1 May 2022 While 33% were curious about the metaverse, some 27% were uninterested and 23% were suspicious. Pamela N. Danziger, Forbes, 1 May 2022 The plight of Ukrainian people has widespread sympathy, but most of the world's population lives in nations that are suspicious of the U.S.-led effort to punish Russia. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2022 The slur, said Ms. Beskrovna, was a reference to anyone the Russians might detain: men of fighting age, those deemed to be helping the Ukrainian government, and anyone else found to be suspicious. Vivian Salama, WSJ, 21 Apr. 2022 What snacking trends should our generations be especially suspicious of? Bon Appétit, 20 Apr. 2022 Particularly important, Hagan said, is to be suspicious if someone asks to start communicating on a different platform than the one where the initial contact was made. Dale Ellis, Arkansas Online, 19 Apr. 2022 Americans have a long history of distrust of the nuclear industry and, especially in recent years, have been increasingly suspicious of both the government and one another. Washington Post, 11 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of suspicious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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