\ ˈsəs How to pronounce suss (audio) \
sussed; sussing; susses

Definition of suss

transitive verb

1 chiefly British : figure out usually used with out
2 chiefly British : to inspect or investigate so as to gain more knowledge usually used with out

Examples of suss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In fact, the study found that the algorithm was able to suss out cancer with both fewer false positives and false negatives. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "This Startup Is Creating a Massive Health Care Map and Just Raised $50 Million," 8 Jan. 2020 The captures are often taken candidly: by a medical expert examining a bacterial culture or a science student trying to suss a water sample. Popular Science, "Glimpse magnificent tiny wonders caught on video," 29 Dec. 2019 That ambiguity has given the constructions a cult following in recent years, as kit-home enthusiasts and Facebook groups alike try to suss out the origins of their mail-order abodes. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "KT Tunstall sells her mail-order Craftsman home in Venice for $2.5 million," 9 Oct. 2019 San Francisco Treasurer José Cisneros released a report in March to help suss out the complications and costs of setting up a public bank. Dominic Fracassa,, "Despite complications and costs, SF to push ahead on public bank in wake of new state bill," 3 Oct. 2019 Other scientists are now studying older satellite images of the region to suss out any past deformation that might offer more clues to the temblor’s source. Maya Wei-haas, National Geographic, "Weird earthquake just put a crack in France," 15 Nov. 2019 Smith isn't sure whether technology will eventually be able to suss out a person's internal identity. Rachel Metz, CNN, "AI software defines people as male or female. That's a problem," 21 Nov. 2019 Still, in 1977 audiences could suss some Wild West coding: sweet-faced white farmers adjacent to screechy killtribes. Darren Franich,, "Star Wars rewatch: A New Hope lets the old things die," 23 Oct. 2019 Humans are notoriously bad at sussing out other people’s motivations, but that doesn’t stop us from making assumptions. Sarah Green Carmichael, Twin Cities, "Sarah Green Carmichael: Why it’s so hard to spot a lie," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of suss

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suss

by shortening & alteration from suspect

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14 Jan 2020

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“Suss.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 26 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of suss

British, informal
: to find or discover (something) by thinking
: to inspect or investigate (something) in order to gain more knowledge

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