(v.) Middle English gessen,
perhaps < Scandinavian;
compare Swedish, Danish, Norwegian gissa, Middle Low German gissen, Middle Dutch gessen, Old Norse geta;
(noun) Middle English gesse,
derivative of the v. See get
guessable, adjectiveguesser, nounguessingly, adverbpreguess, noun, verbunguessable, adjectiveunguessed, adjective
Can be confused
hazard. 1, 2, 4. Guess, guess at, conjecture, surmise
imply attempting to form an opinion as to the probable. To guess
is to risk an opinion regarding something one does not know about, or, wholly or partly by chance, to arrive at the correct answer to a question: to guess the outcome of a game. Guess at
implies more haphazard or random guessing: to guess at the solution of a crime.
is to make inferences in the absence of sufficient evidence to establish certainty: to conjecture the circumstances of the crime. Surmise
implies making an intuitive conjecture that may or may not be correct: to surmise the motives that led to it. 3.
fancy, imagine. 6.