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guess

[ges]
verb (used with object)
1.
to arrive at or commit oneself to an opinion about (something) without having sufficient evidence to support the opinion fully: to guess a person's weight.
2.
to estimate or conjecture about correctly: to guess what a word means.
3.
to think, believe, or suppose: I guess I can get there in time.
verb (used without object)
4.
to form an estimate or conjecture (often followed by at or about ): We guessed at the weight of the package.
5.
to estimate or conjecture correctly.
noun
6.
an opinion that one reaches or to which one commits oneself on the basis of probability alone or in the absence of any evidence whatever.
7.
the act of forming such an opinion: to take a guess at someone's weight.
Idioms
8.
by guess and by gosh, Northern U.S. using a combination of guesswork and reliance on luck; hit or miss. Also, by guess and by golly.

Origin:
1300–50; (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, adjective
guesser, noun
guessingly, adverb
preguess, noun, verb
unguessable, adjective
unguessed, adjective

guessed, guest.


1. 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. To conjecture 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. supposition.


3. know.
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guess (ɡɛs)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by at or about)
1.  to form or express an uncertain estimate or conclusion (about something), based on insufficient information: guess what we're having for dinner
2.  to arrive at a correct estimate of (something) by guessing: he guessed my age
3.  informal chiefly (US), (Canadian) to believe, think, or suppose (something): I guess I'll go now
4.  keep a person guessing to let a person remain in a state of uncertainty
 
n
5.  an estimate or conclusion arrived at by guessing: a bad guess
6.  the act of guessing
7.  anyone's guess something difficult to predict
 
[C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Swedish gissa, Old Danish gitse, Middle Dutch gissen; see get]
 
'guessable
 
adj
 
'guesser
 
n
 
'guessingly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

guess
c.1300, gessen "to estimate, appraise," originally "take aim," probably from Scand. (cf. Middle Danish gitse, getze "to guess," O.N. geta "guess, get"), possibly infl. by M.Du. gessen, M.L.G. gissen "to guess," all from P.Gmc. *getiskanan "to get" (see move). Sense evolution
is from "to get," to "to take aim at," to "to estimate." U.S. sense of "calculate, recon" is true to the oldest Eng. meaning. Spelling with gu- is late 16c., sometimes attributed to Caxton and his early experience as a printer in Bruges. Guesswork is from 1725. Guesstimate is 1934, coined by statisticians, blending guess and estimate.
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