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

The most recent instance of a suspicious hidden camera located in an Airbnb occurred in Ireland. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "A Survey Found That One in Ten Airbnb Users Have Found Hidden Cameras," 8 May 2019 D'Arcy Carden has posted a clip of Kristen Bell in a suspicious demon-like outfit: Jameela Jamil also recently posted a picture of her getting ready to smooch what looks like Eleanor's pet lizard from season 3. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Season 4 of 'The Good Place' Sounds Like It Will Be the Most Righteous One Yet," 3 May 2019 Beyond that, the incident began a wave of stories sharing a common framework: A black or brown person, doing something innocuous or nothing at all, prompts a suspicious white person to call the police. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "Living While Black and the criminalization of blackness," 1 Aug. 2018 Deputies were dispatched to the 21000 block of Fox Walk Trail in the early morning hours of July 3 after a suspicious person was reported, a press release states. Dana Burke, Houston Chronicle, "Humble burglary suspects try to flee via Uber, deputies allege," 3 July 2018 Officers found Johnson about 3:30 a.m. while investigating a report of a suspicious person in a University of Akron parking garage on High Street. Evan Macdonald,, "Man accused of stealing ambulance outside Akron hospital, crashing it into utility pole," 8 May 2018 In a Facebook post warning citizens about the game, Police said Paranoia has caused multiple reports of reckless driving, suspicious persons or vehicles, prowling, trespassing and public nudity. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Franklin teens waging squirt-gun war in the nude, police say," 7 May 2018 The fraud spree came crashing down on May 12, 2017, when an Elk Grove resident on Nestani Way called police to report a suspicious person taking envelopes from a neighbor's mailbox. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Sacramento man gets nearly four years in prison for Postal Service scam | The Sacramento Bee," 30 Apr. 2018 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

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First Known Use of suspicious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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