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[suh-spish-uh s] /səˈspɪʃ əs/
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.
Origin of suspicious
1300-50; Middle English < Latin suspīciōsus, equivalent to suspīci- (see suspicion) + -ōsus -ous
Related forms
suspiciously, adverb
suspiciousness, noun
hypersuspicious, adjective
hypersuspiciously, adverb
hypersuspiciousness, noun
oversuspicious, adjective
oversuspiciously, adverb
oversuspiciousness, noun
presuspicious, adjective
presuspiciously, adverb
presuspiciousness, noun
self-suspicious, adjective
supersuspicious, adjective
supersuspiciously, adverb
supersuspiciousness, noun
unsuspicious, adjective
unsuspiciously, adverb
unsuspiciousness, noun
1. suspect, dubious, doubtful. 2. mistrustful, wary, disbelieving. Unabridged
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  • But you can't hide much in those file types without it being suspiciously large.
  • The camp was jealous of its privileges and looked suspiciously on strangers.
  • The claim sounds suspiciously reductionist, with complicated social realities subjugated to a few neat parameters.
  • He has been cursed at on the road, threatened by strangers, and glanced at suspiciously in malls.
  • In order to work the dagger, you press a red jewel on the hilt, which suspiciously resembles a button on a game controller.
  • For decades geologists had noticed suspiciously marine-looking fossils embedded in those ores.
  • The term is often used loosely to describe any investment that looks suspiciously profitable.
  • We hardly heard a word about the south for a long time-suspiciously long.
  • Although a country's financial tendons may heal suspiciously quickly, they are permanently weakened each time they snap.
  • suspiciously, the inhabitants of the house burned their own rubbish instead of putting it out for collection.
British Dictionary definitions for suspiciously


exciting or liable to excite suspicion; questionable
disposed to suspect something wrong
indicative or expressive of suspicion
Derived Forms
suspiciously, adverb
suspiciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for suspiciously



"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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