suspicious

[suh-spish-uhs]

adjective

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.

Nearby words

  1. suspensory ligament of lens,
  2. suspensory ligament of ovary,
  3. suspensory muscle of duodenum,
  4. suspicion,
  5. suspicional,
  6. suspiciously,
  7. suspiration,
  8. suspire,
  9. susquehanna,
  10. suss

Origin of suspicious

1300–50; Middle English < Latin suspīciōsus, equivalent to suspīci- (see suspicion) + -ōsus -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for suspicious

suspicious

adjective

exciting or liable to excite suspicion; questionable
disposed to suspect something wrong
indicative or expressive of suspicion
Derived Formssuspiciously, adverbsuspiciousness, noun

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Word Origin and History for suspicious

suspicious

adj.

"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.

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