- 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.
- to estimate or conjecture about correctly: to guess what a word means.
- to think, believe, or suppose: I guess I can get there in time.
- to form an estimate or conjecture (often followed by at or about): We guessed at the weight of the package.
- to estimate or conjecture correctly.
- 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.
- the act of forming such an opinion: to take a guess at someone's weight.
- 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 of guess
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Examples from the Web for guessed
Therefore, we should—you guessed it—develop the Canadian tar sands and build the Keystone pipeline.How Canadian Oilmen Pinkwash the Keystone Pipeline
December 28, 2014
Alexander is everything Turing is not—gregarious, flirty, and, you guessed it, charming.From ‘The Good Wife’ to ‘The Imitation Game’: Matthew Goode Wages His Charm Offensive
November 24, 2014
Many New Yorkers at the time would have guessed the first development; few the second.The Myth of the Central Park Five
October 19, 2014
At which point Bassam informs Jamal the rebel leader is willing to (you guessed it) talk.Generic and Superficial ‘Tyrant’ Amerisplains the Middle East
June 25, 2014
He remembered a footbridge the other volunteers had guessed at.Uncovering the Secrets of St. Kitts
Debra A. Klein
June 21, 2014
If my mother could have guessed that he was to be set over me, I had never come here.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
He was calm of face, but she guessed an excitement beneath the surface.Way of the Lawless
The sphinx did not slay herself until her riddle had been guessed.The Hall of Fantasy (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
He had not guessed she was thus acutely sensitive concerning her plumpness.Within the Law
Here she is, coming of her own accord; she must have guessed your thoughts.The Imaginary Invalid
- (when intr, often foll by at or about) to form or express an uncertain estimate or conclusion (about something), based on insufficient informationguess what we're having for dinner
- to arrive at a correct estimate of (something) by guessinghe guessed my age
- informal, mainly US and Canadian to believe, think, or suppose (something)I guess I'll go now
- keep a person guessing to let a person remain in a state of uncertainty
- an estimate or conclusion arrived at by guessinga bad guess
- the act of guessing
- anyone's guess something difficult to predict
Word Origin and History for guessed
c.1300, gessen "to estimate, appraise," originally "take aim," probably from Scandinavian (cf. Middle Danish gitse, getze "to guess," Old Norse geta "guess, get"), possibly influenced by Middle Dutch gessen, Middle Low German gissen "to guess," all from Proto-Germanic *getiskanan "to get" (see get). Sense evolution is from "to get," to "to take aim at," to "to estimate." Meaning "to hit upon the right answer" is from 1540s. U.S. sense of "calculate, recon" is true to the oldest English meaning. Spelling with gu- is late 16c., sometimes attributed to Caxton and his early experience as a printer in Bruges. Related: Guessed; guessing. Guessing game attested from 1650s.
c.1300, from guess (v.). Verbal shrug phrase your guess is as good as mine attested from 1902.