What does Sus mean?


Ever wondered about the term ‘sus’? Well, it’s a shortened version of the word “suspicious.” It’s often used to point out someone or something that seems shady or untrustworthy.

The term gained major attention in 2020, thanks to the popular video game Among Us. In this game, players are either Crewmates or Imposters. Crewmates have to survive, while Imposters are out to eliminate them. As the game progresses, players often accuse each other of being ‘sus’ during their discussions to identify the Imposters.

Although ‘sus’ is mostly connected to Among Us today, it has a darker history. Back in the 1970s and 80s, a biased British stop and search law was often called the “Sus Law.” A successful campaign to abolish this law led to ‘sus’ being used by Black communities and other groups who were frequently targeted by the Sus Law.

Example for using ‘Sus’ in a conversation

Hey, did you watch that new movie? 🎥

Yeah, I did! The plot was so sus. 🤔

Right? I couldn’t trust any of the characters. 🕵️‍♂️

Exactly! It kept me on the edge of my seat. 😮