- 1Having or showing a cautious distrust of someone or something: he was suspicious of her motives she gave him a suspicious lookMore example sentences
- No wonder people are suspicious of politicians and the political process.
- In fact he was suspicious of any technological advance that might weaken the ‘master race’.
- She is suspicious of doctors and nurses and takes her medication only episodically.
- 1.1Causing one to have the idea or impression that someone or something is questionable, dishonest, or dangerous: they are not treating the fire as suspiciousMore example sentences
disreputable, unsavoury, dubious, suspect, guilty-looking, dishonest-looking, strange-looking, queer-looking, funny-looking, slippery• informal shifty, shadyBritish • informal dodgyquestionable, odd, strange, dubious, irregular, queer, funny, doubtful, not quite right, under suspicion, mysterious, murky, dark, criminal, dishonest, corrupt
- The death was initially treated as suspicious and Hardy was questioned.
- I actually think there is something suspicious in the idea from the start.
- You mentioned the suspicious package was left in front of that precinct building.
- 1.2Having the belief or impression that someone is involved in an illegal or dishonest activity: police were called when staff became suspiciousMore example sentences
- A firm in the USA became suspicious about the activities of an employee.
- As someone who works in the unions, what do you tell activists who are suspicious about the union movement?
- As the scam unfolded that night in the studio, production staff became suspicious.
- [as submodifier]: it’s suspiciously cheapMore example sentences
- They stopped by my taster display of crystallised ginger and eyed it suspiciously.
- I know of others where suspiciously cheap jars of Iranian caviar can still sometimes be bought.
- People in the town are being urged to be vigilant and report immediately anyone they see acting suspiciously.
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- Another couple shared the cab with us, all of us casting our New York-trained suspiciousness of strangers to the winds.
- As individual paranoia involves the ‘irrational suspiciousness and distrustfulness of others,’ so too does news media thrive on the next big terror.
- I recognise the imperial shelteredness, the island suspiciousness, the old-world cultivation of private hopes and habits which leave the status quo alone.
Middle English: from Old French suspicious, from Latin suspiciosus, from suspicio(n-) (see suspicion).