Meaning of “suspiciously” in the English Dictionary

"suspiciously" in British English

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suspiciouslyadverb

uk /səˈspɪʃ.əs.li/ us /səˈspɪʃ.əs.li/

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.

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(Definition of “suspiciously” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"suspiciously" in American English

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suspiciouslyadverb

us /səˈspɪʃ·əs·li/

suspiciously adverb (IN A WAY THAT CAUSES DOUBT)

in a way that causes or expresses doubt or a lack of trust:

Our mayor won election by a suspiciously narrow margin.
Her eyes narrowed suspiciously.

suspiciously adverb (IN A LIKELY WAY)

in a way that makes you feel that something is likely or true:

The envelope contained something that looked suspiciously like airline tickets (= seemed likely to be airline tickets).

(Definition of “suspiciously” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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