\ 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

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San Francisco State University's Beyond the Purchase website hosts quizzes to suss out your relationship to happiness and money. Sandy Fernández, Redbook, "Show Your Money Some Love," 31 May 2017 For London Fashion Week’s Fall 2019 season, kicking off on February 15, Kennedy has sussed out three on-the-rise labels to redefine the look of womenswear going forward. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Meet the Young Womenswear Designers Changing the Game in London," 6 Feb. 2019 However, there’s a twist: Sabrina’s plan in this downright terrifying world is to crawl deeper into the clutches of the Dark Lord’s dominion while sussing out a way to remove his power and take him down. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "The Resurgence of Witches in Pop Culture Like Sabrina, AHS "Coven," and "Charmed" Reflects Women in the Real World," 14 Nov. 2018 Obscure music is a win (suss out their interests); obscure forms of yoga, maybe, too. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "The Best Beauty Gifts for Your Horoscope-Obsessed Friend by Astrological Sign," 13 Dec. 2018 The biggest problem for US and Afghan government officials now will be to suss out what the Taliban’s true intentions actually are. Alex Ward, Vox, "After 17 years of war, Afghan government and Taliban may meet for peace talks," 18 Dec. 2018 But sussing out the big news in bridal, which wrapped just last week, requires quite a different perspective. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Fall 2019’s Top 7 Bridal Trends, from Major Sleeves to Gowns à la Meghan Markle," 19 Oct. 2018 Companies hiring talent abroad run the risk of violating digital privacy laws, such as the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, which employers are still trying to suss out, said Laurie Ruettimann, a human-resources consultant. Vanessa Fuhrmans, WSJ, "Past Social-Media Posts Upend Hiring," 5 Aug. 2018 If not, go into your doctor’s appointment prepared with questions that can help you suss it out. SELF, "Here’s Exactly How to Find the Best Birth Control Pill for You," 14 Sep. 2018

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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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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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