suss

1 of 2

verb

sussed; sussing; susses

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

suss

2 of 2

adjective

less common spelling of sus

slang
: suspicious, suspect
… things became a bit sus when there was a dubious fire on the premises …Shannen Findlay
Last week, American Airlines took its turn, canceling over 1,600 flights. Weather was dutifully blamed again, along with staffing shortages. But the latter excuse is, as the kids say, pretty sus. Airlines that accepted federal pandemic relief money (and they all did) were barred from laying off workers.Amy Roberts
I used to think that at-home hair colors and dyes were kind of sus, and that there was absolutely no way you could get salon-level color from a box.Ama Kwarteng
… she has not questioned how De Bruijn was able to swim that fast, at least not publicly. Others have. "Pretty suss" is the way [Australia's Susie O'Neill] described it …Jack McCallum

Examples of suss in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
Our ability to suss this out is step one of understanding fully what this looks like. Angus Chen, STAT, 8 Nov. 2023 What would be your best options to escape Recommended Not recommended Run Hide Strike back The werewolf’s sense of smell will likely suss you out, so hide in a place where its claws can’t reach you. Manuel Canales, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2023 Bring it to a healthcare provider, who can help suss things out and recommend alternative beverages that don't lead to farting. 2. Jessica Migala, Health, 4 Aug. 2023 How to treat it: Your family medicine doctor or gyno will be able to suss this one out via an exam and honest convo with you. Women's Health, 8 June 2023 All Beverly’s family members were keen to suss Bo out, and no one wanted to miss the occasion. Francesca Street, CNN, 14 Apr. 2023 Another approach is to suss out how a drive-by Facebook poster came to believe a theory in the first place. Elizabeth Svoboda, Discover Magazine, 11 May 2020 These signs don’t shy away from deep and heavy conversations and can typically suss out what someone’s got going on beneath the surface, says Narayana Montúfar, senior astrologer at Astrology.com. Aryelle Siclait, Women's Health, 7 Feb. 2023 Two brothers find a mutilated corpse near their property and convene with the locals to suss it out. Holly Jones, Variety, 8 Dec. 2022
Adjective
But paying such close attention to the other guy’s very fancy shoes, to say nothing of the dimensions of his body, is, as the kids say, a bit suss and precisely what makes Trump’s insult camp. Gabriel N. Rosenberg, The New Republic, 3 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

by shortening & alteration from suspect

First Known Use

Verb

1966, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of suss was in 1966

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“Suss.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/suss. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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