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1. Arousing or apt to arouse suspicion; questionable: suspicious behavior.
2. Tending to suspect; distrustful: a suspicious nature.
3. Expressing suspicion: a suspicious look.

sus·pi′cious·ly adv.
sus·pi′cious·ness n.
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(See also SKEPTICISM.)

flea in the ear See IRRITATION.

nigger in the woodpile Something suspicious, such as an undisclosed fact, hidden element, or ulterior motive. This expression sprang up during the era of slavery in the United States, most specifically in regard to the Underground Railroad, a system whereby abolitionists aided runaway slaves, often concealing them through any expedient—one of which was a woodpile. The phrase first appeared in print in 1852; though the expression has from long figurative use lost its direct association with Blacks, the offensiveness still carried by the word nigger inhibits the phrase’s use in contemporary speech and writing and may well signal its demise from the language.

Like a great many others ignorant of facts, he finds “a nigger in the wood pile” when there is neither wood pile nor nigger. (Congressional Record, February, 1897)

smell a rat To instinctively sense evil, treachery, or wrongdoing; to be suspicious. A cat has a keen sense of smell which enables it to detect an unseen rat. The phrase is quite common in the United States and Great Britain.

I asked her so many questions, that, though a woman ignorant enough, she began to smell a rat. (William R. Chetwood, Voyages of W.O.G. Vaughan, 1736)

something rotten in Denmark An expression used to describe a suspected problem which cannot be pinpointed; something of a questionable or suspicious nature; anything that disconcerts and instills anxiety. In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Marcellus is uneasy because the ghost of Hamlet’s father had appeared to him. He sees this as a portent and conjectures to Horatio:

Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. (I, iv)

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Noun1.suspiciousness - being of a suspicious nature; "his suspiciousness destroyed his marriage"
distrustfulness, mistrust, distrust - the trait of not trusting others
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[səsˈpɪʃəsnɪs] N
1. (= mistrust) → desconfianza f, recelo m
2. (= questionable nature) [of circumstances etc] → lo sospechoso
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(= feeling suspicion)Verdacht m, → Argwohn m (geh)
(= causing suspicion)Verdächtigkeit f
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(səˈspekt) verb
1. to think (a person etc) guilty. Whom do you suspect (of the crime)?; I suspect him of killing the girl.
2. to distrust. I suspected her motives / air of honesty.
3. to think probable. I suspect that she's trying to hide her true feelings; I began to suspect a plot.
noun (ˈsaspekt)
a person who is thought guilty. There are three possible suspects in this murder case.
not trustworthy. I think his statement is suspect.
suspicion (səˈspiʃən) noun
1. the process of suspecting or being suspected; the/a feeling causing a person to suspect. They looked at each other with suspicion; I have a suspicion that she is not telling the truth.
2. a slight quantity or trace. There was a suspicion of triumph in his tone.
suspicious (səˈspiʃəs) adjective
1. having or showing suspicion. I'm always suspicious of men like him; a suspicious glance.
2. causing or arousing suspicion. suspicious circumstances.
suspiciously (səˈspiʃəsli) adverb
suˈspiciousness noun
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Carr, with an attempt at jocularity that did not, however, disguise an irritated suspiciousness. "He really seems to have supplanted ME as he has poor Kearney in your estimation."
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