suss

I. adj
British
suspect or suspicious
► I thought it was a bit suss when they offered it to me for nothing.
II. n
British
1.
'knowhow', 'savvy'. A usage in currency since the 1970s, based on suss (out).
► I wouldn t worry about her, she's got a lot of suss.
2.
suspicion. The much criticised Vagrancy Act, under whose provisions (young) people could be arrested for 'loitering with intent (to commit an arrestable offence)', was known as 'the sus law'.
► 'On sus(s)' refers to being taken into custody on suspicion of committing an offence.
III.
suss (out)
vb
British
to discern, discover, deduce or realise. A vogue expression among beatniks of the early 1960s (in the longer form); it had probably been in sporadic use before that. At first the phrase usually meant to perceive someone's true nature or inten-tions, it is now a fairly common colloqui-alism, often meaning no more than to 'work out'.
► I think I've managed to suss out a way round this.
► She sussed him out in five minutes.

Contemporary slang . 2014.

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  • suss — [sʌs] v also suss sb/sth<=>out [T] BrE informal to realize or discover something, or to find out the things that you need to know about someone or something ▪ He finally sussed out the truth. suss (that) ▪ I soon sussed that she wasn t… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • suss — Brit. informal ► VERB (sussed, sussing) 1) (often suss out) realize or understand the true character or nature of. 2) (sussed) clever and well informed. ► NOUN ▪ knowledge or awareness of a specified kind: business suss …   English terms dictionary

  • Suss. — «suhs», transitive verb. British Slang. Usually, suss out. to figure out: »Do not, please, tell me…that youth susses things out for itself (Anthony Burgess). Then there are those people who reckon they have got you all sussed out (Listener).… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Süss — Süss,   Wilhelm, Mathematiker, * Frankfurt am Main 7. 3. 1895, ✝ Freiburg im Breisgau 21. 5. 1958; nach einem längeren Japanaufenthalt 1928 Dozent in Greifswald, 1934 Professor in Freiburg im Breisgau. Süss gründete 1944 das Mathematike… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • suss — (v.) to figure out, investigate and discover, 1966, earlier to suspect (1953, police jargon), a slang shortening of SUSPECT (Cf. suspect) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • suss — [sus] vt. [shortened < SUSPECT] [Slang, Chiefly Brit.] to figure out; grasp, as a result of investigation, study, or intuition: often with out …   English World dictionary

  • Süss — 1. Einer mag s süss, der ander sawr, so werden alle gemüse passen. – Petri, II, 181; Henisch, 1489, 14. 2. Es ist nichts so süss, es ist etwas Bitteres dabei. Holl.: Binnen schijn van zoetheid vindt men dikwijls gal. (Harrebomée, II, 247b.) Lat …   Deutsches Sprichwörter-Lexikon

  • suss — I. /sʌs / (say sus) Colloquial –adjective 1. suspect; dubious; unreliable: her story sounded pretty suss to me. 2. suspicious: to be suss about the offer. –verb (i) 3. to realise: to suss that you are not welcome. –phrase 4. suss out, to… …   Australian English dictionary

  • suss — [[t]sʌ̱s[/t]] susses, sussing, sussed VERB If you suss a person or situation, you realize or work out what their real character or nature is. [BRIT, INFORMAL] [V n] I think I ve sussed the reason for it... [V that] The women began to suss that… …   English dictionary

  • Süss — Süß bezeichnet eine Grundqualität des Geschmacks, typisch z. B. für Zucker und Honig, siehe Gustatorische Wahrnehmung und für eine Einstufung von Süße Süßkraft eine Geschmacksangabe bei Wein, siehe Geschmacksangabe (Wein) im Drucker Handwerk die… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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