- 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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Examples from the Web for suss
“It has so much to do with Amy and her reaction to Ben,” he says, attempting to suss out the surprising turn of events.Adam Scott on ‘A.C.O.D.,’ Love & Divorce
October 5, 2013
One would think that a media communications expert might be able to suss that out on her own.Anti-Semitism—Bad for Palestinians, Too
Emily L. Hauser
October 5, 2012
If you want to suss out the cleanliness and hygiene level of any hotel, take a quick look behind furniture and drapes.Gordon Ramsay: 7 Hotel Horrors!
August 9, 2012
Presently there came a sound from the stove, "Suss—suss—suss!"Twenty-Four Unusual Stories for Boys and Girls
Anna Cogswell Tyler
- (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
"to figure out, investigate and discover," 1966, earlier "to suspect" (1953, police jargon), a slang shortening of suspect (v.).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper