- 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 guess
Haha, what a sad thing to be great at, but yeah, I guess I am.Patton Oswalt on Fighting Conservatives With Satire
January 6, 2015
And then I got on a plane, and guess what was playing: I Never Sang for My Father.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
As Randy wrote, “I guess this speaks to the church not really having a place for gay people so getting married is still implicit.”Your Husband Is Definitely Gay: TLC’s Painful Portrait of Mormonism
January 1, 2015
I guess we know how Bacchus kept his title as the god of wine and intoxication.History's Craziest Hangover Cures
December 30, 2014
“I guess it was their first incident where they lose a plane,” said Dobersberger, the travel agent.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370
December 29, 2014
The consonants were reproduced but the reader was forced to guess at the vowels.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
You may guess what your father's first question on his return will be.
There you will guess how the greatest part of the hour was employed.
Internecine destruction probably has a meaning we can only guess at.The Conquest of Fear
I guess so,' says he, and then he turned and went off to bed.Ester Ried Yet Speaking
- (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 guess
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.
Idioms and Phrases with guess
see anyone's guess; educated guess; have another guess coming; your guess is as good as mine.