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 suspicious package was delivered around 11 a.m. to one of the company’s mail rooms., "Delta Seeks to Take Some Sting Out of Long Coach-Class Flights," 3 July 2019 The suspicious package was delivered around 11 a.m. to one of the company’s mail rooms., "FBI: Tests of Facebook mail found nothing dangerous after initial sarin scare," 2 July 2019 Porter, and the Bellaire Fire Department were dispatched to 6565 West Loop South in regards to a suspicious package that had white powdery substance inside the envelope. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 10 June 2019 A few hours later, another suspicious package, similar to the pipe bombs mailed out last week, was found addressed to CNN. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Trump calls media the “true Enemy of the People” the same day a bomb is sent to CNN," 29 Oct. 2018 In light of the news that suspicious packages have been sent to key political figures, The View's Meghan McCain took some time to reflect. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'The View' Star Meghan McCain Got Emotional Discussing "Regret" on Thursday's Show," 26 Oct. 2018 Manhattan’s Time Warner Center was evacuated when a suspicious package intended for former CIA director John Brennan was delivered to CNN’s offices there. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Twitter earnings, Why the stock market is falling," 25 Oct. 2018 It was also reported that New York governor Andrew Cuomo had received a suspicious package, but his office and law enforcement denied those reports. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "Barack Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton Were Sent "Potential Explosive Devices" in the Mail," 24 Oct. 2018 Police initially received a call of a suspicious package, but discovered two black bags with human body parts. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Woman whose body found in bags at NYC parks beaten to death by best friend’s boyfriend, cops say," 30 Aug. 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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