Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To infer or discover; figure. Often used with out:
  • transitive verb To size up; study. Often used with out:

from The Century Dictionary.

  • A variant of soss.

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  • adjective UK, Australia, New Zealand, colloquial Suspicious.
  • noun UK Suspicious behaviour; the act of loitering with intent.
  • verb transitive, UK, obsolete To arrest for suspicious behaviour.
  • verb transitive, UK, Australia, New Zealand To discover, infer or figure out.
  • verb transitive, UK, New Zealand To study or size up, to check out (examine).
  • noun UK Social nous.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Probably short for suspect.]

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From suspicious.

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From suspect; originally suss out ("to investigate").

Examples

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  • "But the truth was out for all to see long before the big-name take-downs. For months sourcewatch.org has identified Martin Eisenstadt as a hoax. When Mr. Stein was the victim, he blogged that “there was enough info on the Web that I should have sussed this thing out.�?

    --NY Times story about an internet hoax.

    November 17, 2008

  • Also made popular by the Radiohead song, "High and Dry"

    not really used in my neighborhood

    April 22, 2009