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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Recent Examples on the Web May 22 after police responded to a suspicious-person call. Brian Lisik, cleveland, 24 May 2021 The Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals issued its decision Friday on Aaron Cody Smith, who in 2016 shot and killed Gregory Gunn during an early-morning suspicious person stop. Paul Gattis | Pgattis@al.com, al, 22 May 2021 Paterson Police Department Officers Kevin Patino, 29, and Kendry Tineo-Restituyo, 28, first met the alleged victim at approximately 12:30 a.m. on December 14 after handling an unrelated call about a suspicious person, the complaint says. Victoria Albert, CBS News, 27 Apr. 2021 Deputies slowly pursued Arboleda through the city of Danville after someone reported a suspicious person in November 2018. NBC News, 23 Apr. 2021 Deputies slowly pursued Arboleda through the city of Danville after someone reported a suspicious person in November 2018. Juliet Williams, Star Tribune, 22 Apr. 2021 Police pursued Arboleda after responding to a call about a suspicious person who had been knocking on doors in a quiet cul-de-sac of the affluent San Ramon Valley town. Rachel Swan, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2021 Police had received two phone calls about a suspicious person matching Broderick’s description, Phipps said. Chron, 19 Apr. 2021 Windsor police took Nicholas Latina, 30, into custody on April 2 after responding to a suspicious person complaint at a local store, Police Chief Donald Melanson said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, 6 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of suspicious

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Jun 2021

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“Suspicious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suspicious. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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