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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Officers from the Border Force and the NCA acted Friday on intelligence that identified a suspicious vessel in Felixstowe, England, the agency said. Samuel Quashie-idun And Bianca Britton, CNN, "UK seizes nearly $50m worth of heroin, one of its largest heroin busts ever," 6 Aug. 2019 This time, health authorities are grappling with more than the difficulty of quarantining and treating people in small villages far from modern medicine, or resistance from frightened people suspicious of outsiders in moon suits. Dallas News, "Amid a new outbreak, book revisits Ebola's ravages," 5 Aug. 2019 With the suspicious exception of the city of Las Vegas’ deal with its minor-league baseball team (20 years, $80 million), minor-league naming rights deal typically cost between $50,000 and $300,000 annually according to USA Today. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "For Louisville City FC and for the Lynn family, naming the stadium wasn't about money," 5 Aug. 2019 Nine years later, Natalie would die under suspicious circumstances. New York Times, "Lana Wood, Natalie’s Little Sister, Has Plenty to Say," 3 Aug. 2019 Further, CVS Health said, its distribution centers have a monitoring system for suspicious orders, and, in retail pharmacies, pharmacists are provided with tools to help them evaluate controlled substance prescriptions before filling them. Steve Hamm,, "675M pills: Prescription opioids targeted Connecticut’s most vulnerable citizens," 1 Aug. 2019 Detectives conducted a routine investigation and do not believe the death is suspicious or foul play was involved, Hopkins said. Erika Butler,, "14-year-old boy dies after being recovered from pool in Bel Air, officials say," 1 Aug. 2019 Secondly, the Kremlin had seemed more responsive in recent months to public outcry—see the decisions to release an investigative journalist who was arrested on suspicious charges, or to pause plans to build a church on park grounds in Yekaterinburg. Ian Bremmer, Time, "What the Protests in Russia Mean for President Putin," 31 July 2019 Is Luce the perfect son, student, and athlete who has overcome his horrific childhood trauma and is being victimized by a suspicious teacher? Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Naomi Watts reveals Octavia Spencer is the reason she joined Luce," 31 July 2019

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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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