[ suhs ]
/ sʌs /

verb (used with object)

Chiefly British Slang. to investigate or figure out (usually followed by out).

Nearby words

  1. suspicious,
  2. suspiciously,
  3. suspiration,
  4. suspire,
  5. susquehanna,
  6. sussed,
  7. sussex,
  8. sussex spaniel,
  9. sustain,
  10. sustainability

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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British Dictionary definitions for sussing


/ (sʌs) /

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 sussing



"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