\ 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 To dig up dirt on King, the FBI first centered on the relationship with Levinson to suss out possible communist ties to the movement. Smithsonian Magazine, "A New Film Details the FBI’s Relentless Pursuit of Dr. Martin Luther King," 16 Jan. 2021 Over 100 FireEye employees engaged in the response, which included combing through 50,000 lines of code to suss out any abnormalities. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Security News This Week: Russia's SolarWinds Hack Is the Big One," 19 Dec. 2020 Because the different dosing schemes likely led to different immune responses, Hill says researchers have a chance to suss out the mechanism by comparing vaccinated participants’ antibody and T cell levels. Jon Cohen, Science | AAAS, "After dosing mix-up, latest COVID-19 vaccine success comes with big question mark," 25 Nov. 2020 More work needs to be done to suss out the link between the virus and this phenomenon. Amina Khan Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Coronavirus Today: ‘Band-Aids on a very big wound’," 24 Nov. 2020 Linda Skitka, professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, attempted to suss out the motivation behind the overwhelming display. Jennifer Day,, "Column: Election Day is upon us, and plenty of flags are waving. But what do flags mean?," 31 Oct. 2020 What follows is part detective story, part screwball comedy as the two try to suss out whether Dean is being unfaithful. Anne Cohen,, "Where To Stream Every Sofia Coppola Movie After On The Rocks, Because We All Need A Stylish Escape," 23 Oct. 2020 To suss out the specifics on dog anxiety, Lohi and her colleagues leveraged the power of social media, reaching out to the owners of 13,715 dogs of 264 breeds. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Most Dogs Show Anxiety-Related Behaviors, Study Finds," 9 Mar. 2020 Some are parsing through specific deals to suss out vulnerable properties such as hotels or scoop up bright spots such as data centers, high-profile buildings such as One Manhattan West, or warehouses. Sebastian Pellejero, WSJ, "Pressure on New York City Commercial Real Estate Worries Investors," 18 Oct. 2020

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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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3 Feb 2021

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“Suss.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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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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