1 not trusting sb
be, feel, look, seem, sound
become, get, grow

I think they're starting to get suspicious.

make sb

Something about her smile made him suspicious.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.
deeply, highly, particularly

She remained deeply suspicious of computers.

a little, slightly, etc.

His voice grew slightly suspicious.

immediately, instantly

I have a naturally suspicious mind.


Voters are rightly suspicious of attempts to save money in the area of education.


They were somewhat suspicious about her past.


She was highly suspicious of his motives.

be right to be suspicious (of sb/sth), have reason to be suspicious (of sb/sth)
have a right to be suspicious (of sb/sth)

Parents have every right to be suspicious of what the experts tell them.

2 making you feel that sth is wrong
be, look, seem, sound

We have to carry on as usual or it would look suspicious.

consider sth, find sth, regard sth as, treat sth as

I find it very suspicious that he left halfway through the morning.

Police are treating both fires as suspicious.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.

He was seen acting in a highly suspicious manner.

a little, slightly, etc.
hear anything suspicious, see anything suspicious

Inform the police immediately if you see anything suspicious.

Suspicious is used with these nouns: ↑activity, ↑behaviour, ↑character, ↑circumstance, ↑death, ↑eye, ↑glance, ↑look, ↑manner, ↑package, ↑transaction

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