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 Danske failed to properly screen about $220 billion in non-resident funds that flowed through its Estonian operations, and the bank has admitted that many of those transactions were suspicious. Frances Schwartzkopff,, "Danske Bank Profit Slumps After Money-Laundering Scandal," 10 May 2020 The medical examiner investigators also thought a blood trail from the side door leading to Vonderau's body was also suspicious, according to police reports. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, "Bond set at $2 million for man in deadly beating of 94-year-old World War II veteran in Cleveland," 21 Apr. 2020 Developing countries too were suspicious, viewing environmental initiatives as part of an agenda advanced by wealthy nations that would prevent them from industrializing. Maria Ivanova, The Conversation, "The first Earth Day was a shot heard around the world," 16 Apr. 2020 The fire is not suspicious, fire investigators said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee woman, 80, dies in Easter Sunday house fire that six family members escaped," 16 Apr. 2020 Unfamiliar is suspicious until time behind the wheel proves otherwise. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Cadillac reveals its fastest sedans. Let the Twitter rants begin," 14 Apr. 2020 That said, The Prospect's David Dayen is suspicious that concerns about liability were never more than a cover story for the banks' desire for profit. Jeff Spross, TheWeek, "What went wrong with coronavirus aid to small businesses," 7 Apr. 2020 The pharmacist’s prescription was suspicious because Settipane had never faxed a prescription there nor had the patient ever received such a prescription for that drug. Lucas Sullivan,, "Hydroxychloroquine for a dog? Questionable coronavirus prescriptions poured into Ohio pharmacies," 26 Mar. 2020 The Border Force officers at Heathrow Airport were suspicious. Joshua Hammer, WSJ, "Meet the Wildlife Police," 14 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of suspicious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of suspicious was in the 14th century

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16 May 2020

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“Suspicious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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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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