suspicious

  • 1 Suspicious — Sus*pi cious, a. [OE. suspecious; cf. L. suspiciosus. See {Suspicion}.] 1. Inclined to suspect; given or prone to suspicion; apt to imagine without proof. [1913 Webster] Nature itself, after it has done an injury, will ever be suspicious; and no… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 suspicious — I (distrustful) adjective apprehensive, cautious, concerned, disposed to doubt, doubting, dubious, fearful, hard to convince, hesitant, inconvincible, jealous, leery, mistrustful, nervous, quizzical, skeptical, suspecting, suspiciosus, untrustful …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 suspicious — [adj1] distrustful apprehensive, cagey, careful, cautious, doubtful, green eyed*, incredulous, in doubt, jealous, leery, mistrustful, not born yesterday* on the lookout*, questioning, quizzical, skeptical, suspect, suspecting, unbelieving,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 4 suspicious — deserving of or exciting suspicion, mid 14c., from O.Fr. suspecious, from L. suspiciosus exciting suspicion (see SUSPICION (Cf. suspicion)). Meaning full of or inclined to feel suspicion is attested from c.1400. Edgar Allan Poe (c.1845) proposed… …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 suspicious — ► ADJECTIVE 1) having or showing suspicion. 2) giving an impression of dishonest or dangerous character. DERIVATIVES suspiciously adverb suspiciousness noun …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 suspicious — [sə spish′əs] adj. [ME suspecious < OFr < L suspiciosus] 1. arousing or likely to arouse suspicion in others 2. showing or expressing suspicion 3. a) feeling suspicion b) tending habitually to suspect, esp. to suspect evil suspiciously adv …

    English World dictionary

  • 7 suspicious — adj. 1 not trusting sb VERBS ▪ be, feel, look, seem, sound ▪ become, get, grow ▪ I think t …

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  • 8 suspicious — sus|pi|cious S3 [səˈspıʃəs] adj 1.) thinking that someone might be guilty of doing something wrong or dishonest suspicious of ▪ Some of his colleagues at work became suspicious of his behaviour. suspicious about ▪ They were suspicious about my… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 9 suspicious — [[t]səspɪ̱ʃəs[/t]] 1) ADJ GRADED: oft ADJ of n/ ing If you are suspicious of someone or something, you do not trust them, and are careful when dealing with them. He was rightly suspicious of meeting me until I reassured him I was not writing… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 suspicious — sus|pi|cious [ sə spıʃəs ] adjective ** 1. ) believing that someone has probably done something wrong: Colleagues became suspicious when he started acting strangely. a ) feeling that someone or something cannot be trusted: suspicious of: People… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 11 suspicious */*/ — UK [səˈspɪʃəs] / US adjective 1) believing that someone has probably done something wrong Colleagues became suspicious when he started acting strangely. a) feeling that someone or something cannot be trusted suspicious of: People are often… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 suspicious — adjective 1 thinking that someone might be guilty of doing something wrong or dishonest, without being sure: His behaviour that day made the police suspicious. (+ of/about): I m suspicious of Jen s intentions. 2 making you think that something… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 suspicious — adj. 1) suspicious about, of 2) suspicious that + clause (it was suspicious that no story appeared in the press) * * * [sə spɪʃəs] of suspicious about suspicious that + clause (it was suspicious that no story appeared in the press) …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 suspicious — [səˈspɪʃəs] adj 1) if you are suspicious, you do not trust someone or you think that something bad might have happened Colleagues became suspicious when he started acting strangely.[/ex] a suspicious glance/look[/ex] People are often suspicious… …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 15 suspicious — suspect, suspicious 1. Suspect is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable as a noun (the chief suspect) and adjective (a suspect package), and with the stress on the second syllable as a verb (They suspect something). 2. As an adjective …

    Modern English usage

  • 16 suspicious — adjective Date: 14th century 1. tending to arouse suspicion ; questionable < suspicious characters > 2. disposed to suspect ; distrustful < suspicious of strangers > 3. expressing or indicative of suspicion < a suspicious glance > …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 17 suspicious — suspiciously, adv. suspiciousness, n. /seuh spish euhs/, adj. 1. tending to cause or excite suspicion; questionable: suspicious behavior. 2. inclined to suspect, esp. inclined to suspect evil; distrustful: a suspicious tyrant. 3. full of or… …

    Universalium

  • 18 suspicious — adjective 1) she gave him a suspicious look Syn: doubtful, unsure, dubious, wary, chary, skeptical, distrustful, mistrustful, disbelieving, cynical Ant: trusting 2) a highly suspicious character …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 19 suspicious — adjective 1) she gave him a suspicious look Syn: doubtful, unsure, dubious, wary, sceptical, mistrustful 2) a suspicious character Syn: suspect, dubious, unsavoury, disreputable; informal shifty …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary

  • 20 suspicious — /səˈspɪʃəs/ (say suh spishuhs) adjective 1. liable to cause or excite suspicion; questionable: *They are detaining resisters and putting anyone suspicious under house arrest –glenda adams, 1982. 2. inclined to suspect; especially, inclined to… …

    Australian English dictionary