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[ges-wurk] /ˈgɛsˌwɜrk/
work or procedure based on or consisting of the making of guesses or conjectures.
Origin of guesswork
1715-25; guess + work Unabridged
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  • My longitude was little more than guesswork; my latitude not very certain; and my compass was out.

    The Frozen Pirate W. Clark Russell
  • The further in they went the greater the guesswork of the going.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • There's no guesswork there, but the most rigid scientific tests.

    The Boy With the U.S. Census Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • This, he recognized, was guesswork, but still it might be the truth.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
  • The flying machine of those days was largely a matter of guesswork.

    The Romance of Aircraft Lawrence Yard Smith
  • For our clearest knowledge is but guesswork when it is not based on numbers.

    Serapis, Complete Georg Ebers
  • I may be right or wrong, that's guesswork at the best, and let me get to my facts again.

    David Balfour, Second Part Robert Louis Stevenson
British Dictionary definitions for guesswork


a set of conclusions, estimates, etc, arrived at by guessing
the process of making guesses
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Word Origin and History for guesswork

also guess-work, 1725, from guess + work (n.).

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