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.

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. Lawayne Mosley:

    It should not have escalated from a suspicious call to my son dying, i should be getting grandbabies from him.

  2. Brice Loose:

    When we first started seeing high concentrations of helium-3, we thought we had a cluster of bad or suspicious data.

  3. Benjamin Brown:

    They are anti-Zionist because they believe that -- according to their religious belief -- there is a prohibition to obey a government which is secular, and a prohibition against establishing a Jewish state before the coming of the Messiah. Only the Messiah can establish Jewish sovereignty and therefore they are really not just suspicious of, but hostile towards, The Israeli government.

  4. David Horton:

    Undercover cars can be various types of vehicles. However, if you’re getting pulled over by a car and you’re suspicious of what it is, the best thing to do is to drive to a safe area, maybe contact the local police agency and find out if it’s a police officer trying to pull you over.

  5. Ron Paul:

    I think the timing of this indictment is highly suspicious given the fact that the first primary debate is tomorrow.

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