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[suh-spish-uh s] /səˈspɪʃ əs/
tending to cause or excite suspicion; questionable:
suspicious behavior.
inclined to suspect, especially inclined to suspect evil; distrustful:
a suspicious tyrant.
full of or feeling suspicion.
expressing or indicating suspicion:
a suspicious glance.
Origin of suspicious
1300-50; Middle English < Latin suspīciōsus, equivalent to suspīci- (see suspicion) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
suspiciously, adverb
suspiciousness, noun
hypersuspicious, adjective
hypersuspiciously, adverb
hypersuspiciousness, noun
oversuspicious, adjective
oversuspiciously, adverb
oversuspiciousness, noun
presuspicious, adjective
presuspiciously, adverb
presuspiciousness, noun
self-suspicious, adjective
supersuspicious, adjective
supersuspiciously, adverb
supersuspiciousness, noun
unsuspicious, adjective
unsuspiciously, adverb
unsuspiciousness, noun
1. suspect, dubious, doubtful. 2. mistrustful, wary, disbelieving. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for suspicious
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  • Now don't get suspicious, and tell me to mind my own business when I ask you questions.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • When this was swept away the floor presented no suspicious traces.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • Despite the laughter there was a suspicious mist in Mr. Ried's eyes.

    Ester Ried Yet Speaking Isabella Alden
  • Faust went away more than ever suspicious of Crane and Diablo.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • He told me that a suspicious character had been hanging about the hall, enquiring for me.

    The Foolish Lovers St. John G. Ervine
British Dictionary definitions for suspicious


exciting or liable to excite suspicion; questionable
disposed to suspect something wrong
indicative or expressive of suspicion
Derived Forms
suspiciously, adverb
suspiciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for suspicious

"deserving of or exciting suspicion," mid-14c., from Old French suspecious, from Latin suspiciosus "exciting suspicion" (see suspicion). Meaning "full of or inclined to feel suspicion" is attested from c.1400. Edgar Allan Poe (c.1845) proposed suspectful to take one of the two conflicting senses. Related: suspiciously; suspiciousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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