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English definition of “suspiciously”

suspiciously

adverb uk   /səˈspɪʃ.əs.li/ us  

suspiciously adverb (DOUBT)

B2 in a way that makes you think that something is wrong: He looked at her suspiciously. The children are suspiciously quiet (= are so quiet that they are probably doing something wrong). His hair is suspiciously black (= looks darker than it should be, and is therefore probably not natural) for a man of his age.Strange, suspicious and unnaturalSuspecting and questioningQuestioning people and asking questions in generalCuriosity

suspiciously adverb (SEEM GUILTY)

in a way that makes you think someone is guilty of something wrong or illegal: The officers noticed two men acting suspiciously (= as if they were doing something wrong).Strange, suspicious and unnatural

suspiciously adverb (SEEM LIKELY)

in a way that makes you think something may be true: She brushed away what looked suspiciously like (= looked as if it probably was) a tear.Possible and probable
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