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suspicious

[suh-spish-uh s] /səˈspɪʃ əs/
adjective
1.
tending to cause or excite suspicion; questionable:
suspicious behavior.
2.
inclined to suspect, especially inclined to suspect evil; distrustful:
a suspicious tyrant.
3.
full of or feeling suspicion.
4.
expressing or indicating suspicion:
a suspicious glance.
Origin of suspicious
1300-1350
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
Synonyms
1. suspect, dubious, doubtful. 2. mistrustful, wary, disbelieving.
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  • Stevens seemed disquieted and looked around him suspiciously.

    Charlemont W. Gilmore Simms
  • Dorcas Jane, who was eleven and a half and not at all imaginative, eyed him suspiciously.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Mr. Jarvis (suspiciously)You guessed that from such of my work as youve seen.

  • They paused with instant alarm, and looked at each other suspiciously.

    White Fang Jack London
  • The other observed that he didn't know it, and, taught by his recent experience, eyed him suspiciously.

British Dictionary definitions for suspiciously

suspicious

/səˈspɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
exciting or liable to excite suspicion; questionable
2.
disposed to suspect something wrong
3.
indicative or expressive of suspicion
Derived Forms
suspiciously, adverb
suspiciousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for suspiciously

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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