suspicious

adjective
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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There’s a wing of the Democratic party base that is deeply suspicious of the mainstream media, in maybe the exact same way that the Trump base is. Eric Johnson, Recode, "The media is responsible for President Trump and it still hasn’t learned from 2016, says Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi," 18 Oct. 2018 Bloomberg is also synonymous with big business and Wall Street to an extent that would likely be difficult to overcome in a Democratic party that is increasingly suspicious of corporate influence. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Report: Michael Bloomberg Is, Once Again,Thinking of Running for President," 26 June 2018 Donna Tucker, 60, was reported missing, the New Haven Register said, but police were suspicious of that designation. Crystal Hill, miamiherald, "‘God got into my body,’ man said after killing mother with baseball bat, Connecticut police say," 11 June 2018 Many years after the Black Dahlia killing, George Hodel's son, former cop Steve Hodel, became suspicious of his own father's possible involvement in the crime. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The True Story of I Am the Night: How the Black Dahlia and George Hodel Were Connected," 10 Feb. 2019 The first caregiver became suspicious and followed Menchaca home earlier this month and met his parents. Kathleen Joyce, Fox News, "Arizona man fakes having Down syndrome, hires women to bathe him and change his diapers: police," 15 Sep. 2018 The complaint states that Apple first became suspicious of Zhang in late April. Allyson Chiu, latimes.com, "Ex-Apple engineer arrested on his way to China, charged with stealing autonomous-car secrets," 11 July 2018 The complaint states that Apple first became suspicious of Zhang in late April. Allyson Chiu, chicagotribune.com, "Former Apple engineer arrested on his way to China, charged with stealing company's autonomous car secrets," 11 July 2018 The complaint states that Apple first became suspicious of Zhang in late April. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "Ex-Apple engineer arrested on his way to China, charged with stealing company's autonomous car secrets," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of suspicious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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suspicious

adjective

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

suspicious

adjective
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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