suspicious

adjective sus·pi·cious \ sə-ˈspi-shəs \

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

suspiciously

adverb

suspiciousness

noun

Examples of suspicious in a Sentence

  1. We were instructed to report any suspicious activity in the neighborhood.

  2. The suspicious vehicle was reported to police.

  3. Suspicious characters were seen hanging around the bank.

  4. He found a suspicious lump on his back and was afraid it might be cancer.

  5. Officials are suspicious about her death.

  6. His manner made me suspicious.

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First Known Use of suspicious

14th century


SUSPICIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

suspicious

adjective

Definition of suspicious for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SUSPICIOUS Defined for Kids

suspicious

adjective sus·pi·cious \ sə-ˈspi-shəs \

Definition of suspicious for Students

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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