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 Dictionary entry overview: What does suspicious mean? 

SUSPICIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective SUSPICIOUS has 2 senses:

1. openly distrustful and unwilling to confide
2. not as expected

  Familiarity information: SUSPICIOUS used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SUSPICIOUS (adjective)

Sense 1suspicious [BACK TO TOP]


Openly distrustful and unwilling to confide


untrusting; suspicious; mistrustful; leery; wary


distrustful (having or showing distrust)

Sense 2suspicious [BACK TO TOP]


Not as expected


suspect; fishy; suspicious; funny; shady

Context examples:

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


questionable (subject to question)

Domain usage:

colloquialism (a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech)

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