- 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 unguessable
For some reason unknown, unguessable, the champion she fought for had fled from the fight.Tristram of Blent
It looked as if it had some unguessable but rarely-used purpose.The Ambulance Made Two Trips
William Fitzgerald Jenkins
"As it seems to be an unguessable riddle—do," urged his sister.The Outdoor Girls in a Winter Camp
Laura Lee Hope
Galen Albret, inscrutable, grim, brooded his unguessable thoughts.The Silent Places
Steward Edward White
Then he was looking straight down into a milky transparency that started under his nose and continued into unguessable depths.Freudian Slip
- (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 unguessable
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.