What does suspicious mean?

Definitions for suspicious
səˈspɪʃ əssus·pi·cious

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leery, mistrustful, suspicious, untrusting, waryadjective

    openly distrustful and unwilling to confide

  2. fishy, funny, shady, suspect, suspiciousadjective

    not as expected

    "there was something fishy about the accident"; "up to some funny business"; "some definitely queer goings-on"; "a shady deal"; "her motives were suspect"; "suspicious behavior"


  1. suspiciousadjective

    Arousing suspicion.

    His suspicious behaviour brought him to the attention of the police.

  2. suspiciousadjective

    distrustful or tending to suspect.

    I have a suspicious attitude to get-rich-quick schemes.

  3. suspiciousadjective

    Expressing suspicion

    She gave me a suspicious look.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Suspiciousadjective

    Etymology: suspiciosus, Latin.

    Nature itself, after it has done an injury, will for ever be suspicious, and no man can love the person he suspects. Robert South, Sermons.

    A wise man will find us to be rogues by our faces; we have a suspicious, fearful, constrained countenance, often turning and slinking through narrow lanes. Jonathan Swift.

    They, because the light of his candle too much drowned theirs, were glad to lay hold on so colourable matter, and exceeding forward to traduce him as an author of suspicious innovations. Richard Hooker.

    I spy a black suspicious threat’ning cloud,
    That will encounter with our glorious sun. William Shakespeare.

    Authors are suspicious, nor greedily to be swallowed, who pretend to deliver antipathies, sympathies, and the occult abstrusities of things. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    His life
    Private, unactive, calm, contemplative,
    Little suspicious to any king. John Milton.

    Many mischievous insects are daily at work, to make people of merit suspicious of each other. Alexander Pope.


  1. suspicious

    Suspicious refers to eliciting or indicative of suspicion, often characterized by doubt, skepticism, or mistrust. It can relate to a person, action, or circumstance that seems unusual, questionable, strange, or not as it appears, prompting one to believe that something wrong or illegal may be happening.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Suspiciousadjective

    inclined to suspect; given or prone to suspicion; apt to imagine without proof

  2. Suspiciousadjective

    indicating suspicion, mistrust, or fear

  3. Suspiciousadjective

    liable to suspicion; adapted to raise suspicion; giving reason to imagine ill; questionable; as, an author of suspicious innovations; suspicious circumstances

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'suspicious' in Adjectives Frequency: #813

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspicious in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of suspicious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of suspicious in a Sentence

  1. Army Capt. Florent Groberg:

    A man came out of a building to our left walking backwards, it was eerie and looked suspicious. I yelled at him and he turned around immediately and then started walking towards us. He looked like a young man with a beard, wearing man-jams and dark clothing. He didn't appear to be himself that day ... most likely drugged.

  2. Sol Orien:

    Upon detecting suspicious activity within our network environment, our IT professionals immediately secured the system and we quickly recovered priority company systems.

  3. Donald Trump:

    I didn't mislead you, I told you my state of mind at the time and I was making clear I never met him, figure it out for yourself and what does it matter. No matter what I tell you you will make it somehow suspicious. This is a waste of time for me.

  4. Greg Dyke:

    The last thing FIFA needed was another president bringing a pile of suspicious baggage into the job, gianni comes in clean, his record as UEFA's general secretary is first class and will stand him in good stead for his new job.

  5. Christopher Covelli:

    We asked residents to report any suspicious activity they happen to see, whether they think it's something minor or major and to keep an eye out for these three individuals.

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