Anything that keeps you in a state of waiting with enthusiasm (or nervousness) for something to happen is full of suspense. Thriller movies keep you on the edge of your seat. These example sentences are automatically selected from various online news sources to reflect the current use of the word “suspense”. Waiting for the scary turn at the end of a good book is full of suspense, and it can be thrilling to watch someone open a huge birthday present.
Suspense and suspense come from the old French word suspense, delay and a Latin root meaning to hang up or interrupt. Middle English had a suspension for suspended, raised; jockstrap to hold something that hung from above.