verb (used with object)

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (tr) slang

(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

Word Origin for suss

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.).

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