1. Suspicious; inspiring distrust. [Obs.]
Suspect [was] his face, suspect his word also. --Chaucer.
2. Suspected; distrusted. [Obs.]
What I can do or offer is suspect. --Milton.
1. Suspicion. [Obs.]
So with suspect, with fear and grief, dismayed. --Fairfax.
2. One who, or that which, is suspected; an object of suspicion; -- formerly applied to persons and things; now, only to persons suspected of crime.
Sus·pect, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Suspected; p. pr. & vb. n. Suspecting.]
1. To imagine to exist; to have a slight or vague opinion of the existence of, without proof, and often upon weak evidence or no evidence; to mistrust; to surmise; -- commonly used regarding something unfavorable, hurtful, or wrong; as, to suspect the presence of disease.
Nothing makes a man suspect much, more than to know little; and therefore men should remedy suspicion by procuring to know more. --Bacon.
From her hand I could suspect no ill. --Milton.
2. To imagine to be guilty, upon slight evidence, or without proof; as, to suspect one of equivocation.
3. To hold to be uncertain; to doubt; to mistrust; to distruct; as, to suspect the truth of a story.
4. To look up to; to respect. [Obs.]
Syn: -- To mistrust; distrust; surmise; doubt.
Sus·pect, v. i. To imagine guilt; to have a suspicion or suspicions; to be suspicious.
If I suspect without cause, why then make sport at me. --Shak.
adj : not as expected; "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" [syn: fishy,
funny, queer, shady, suspicious]
n 1: someone who is under suspicion
2: a person or institution against whom an action is brought in
a court of law; the person being sued or accused [syn: defendant]
v 1: imagine to be the case or true or probable; "I suspect he is
a fugitive"; "I surmised that the butler did it" [syn: surmise]
2: regard as untrustworthy; regard with suspicion; have no
faith or confidence in [syn: distrust, mistrust] [ant:
3: hold in suspicion; believe to be guilty; "The U.S. suspected
Bin Laden as the mastermind behind the terrorist attacks"