- having adequate reason for a belief or assertion.
- (foll. By of) confident in anticipation or knowledge of.
- reliable or unfailing.
- (foll. By to + infin.) Certain.
- undoubtedly true or truthful. —adv. Colloq. Certainly. be sure (in imper. Or infin.; foll. By that + clause or to + infin.) Take care to; not fail to. For sure colloq. Certainly. Make sure make or become certain; ensure. Sure enough colloq. In fact; certainly. To be sure admittedly; indeed, certainly. sureness n. [french from latin securus]
—n. Foam of the sea breaking on the shore or reefs. —v. Practise surfing. surfer n. [origin unknown]
v. Slang (also sus) (-ss-) (usu. Foll. By out) 1 investigate, inspect.
- work out; realize. on suss on suspicion (of having committed a crime). [abbreviation]
—n. - a absorbent pad used in surgery. B specimen of a secretion taken for examination.
- mop etc. For cleaning or mopping up. —v. (-bb-) 1 clean with a swab.
- (foll. By up) absorb (moisture) with a swab.
- mop clean (a ship's deck) [dutch]
n. - slang booty of burglars etc.
- austral. & nz traveller's bundle.
- festoon of flowers, foliage, drapery, etc. swagged adj. [probably scandinavian]
past of *swim.
—n. Large usu. White water-bird with a long flexible neck. —v. (-nn-) (usu. Foll. By about, off, etc.) Colloq. Move or go aimlessly, casually, or with a superior air. [old english]
(also swop) —v. (-pp-) exchange or barter. —n. - act of swapping.
- thing for swapping or swapped. [originally = ‘hit’, imitative]
—v. (-tt-) 1 crush (a fly etc.) With a sharp blow.
- hit hard and abruptly. —n. Swatting blow. [dial. Var. Of *squat]
—v. - (cause to) lean or move unsteadily from side to side.
- oscillate; waver.
- a control the motion or direction of. B influence; rule over. —n. - rule, influence, or government (hold sway).