- Chiefly British Slang. to investigate or figure out (usually followed by out).
Origin of suss
First recorded in 1965–70; earlier, to suspect, a suspect, shortening of suspect
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- (often foll by out) to attempt to work out (a situation, person's character, etc), esp using one's intuition
- Also: sus to become aware of; suspect (esp in the phrase suss it)
- sharpness of mind; social astuteness
See also sus laws
C20: shortened from suspect
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Word Origin and History for suss out
"to figure out, investigate and discover," 1966, earlier "to suspect" (1953, police jargon), a slang shortening of suspect (v.).
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