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[ges-wurk] /ˈgɛsˌwɜrk/
work or procedure based on or consisting of the making of guesses or conjectures.
Origin of guesswork
First recorded in 1715-25; guess + work Unabridged
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  • It had only been selected by guesswork among a number on Roden's bunch.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • In nearly all of America's accidents, guesswork is the real cause.

    Sure Pop and the Safety Scouts

    Roy Rutherford Bailey
  • The further in they went the greater the guesswork of the going.

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • Perhaps I might hazard a guess, but it's no use talking of guesswork.

    The Long Roll Mary Johnston
  • It was guesswork to trace his footsteps, but the elder youth made the effort.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • Tell him he must measure out the water without any guesswork.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
  • This, he recognized, was guesswork, but still it might be the truth.

    The Pit Prop Syndicate Freeman Wills Crofts
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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