verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

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

1300–50; (v.) Middle English gessen, perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Swedish, Danish, Norwegian gissa, Middle Low German gissen, Middle Dutch gessen, Old Norse geta; (noun) Middle English gesse, derivative of the v. See get
Related formsguess·a·ble, adjectiveguess·er, nounguess·ing·ly, adverbpre·guess, noun, verbun·guess·a·ble, adjectiveun·guessed, adjective
Can be confusedguessed guest

Synonyms for guess

1. hazard. 1, 2, 4. Guess, guess at, conjecture, surmise imply attempting to form an opinion as to the probable. To guess is to risk an opinion regarding something one does not know about, or, wholly or partly by chance, to arrive at the correct answer to a question: to guess the outcome of a game. Guess at implies more haphazard or random guessing: to guess at the solution of a crime. To conjecture is to make inferences in the absence of sufficient evidence to establish certainty: to conjecture the circumstances of the crime. Surmise implies making an intuitive conjecture that may or may not be correct: to surmise the motives that led to it. 3. fancy, imagine. 6. supposition.

Antonyms for guess

3. know. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for guessable

Historical Examples of guessable

  • Where the colonel fits is guessable enough, Mr. Yardo is presumably Expert at something but no data on what.

    The Lost Kafoozalum

    Pauline Ashwell

British Dictionary definitions for guessable


verb (when tr, may take a clause as object)

(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
Derived Formsguessable, adjectiveguesser, nounguessingly, adverb

Word Origin for guess

C13: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Swedish gissa, Old Danish gitse, Middle Dutch gissen; see get
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Word Origin and History for guessable



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with guessable


see anyone's guess; educated guess; have another guess coming; your guess is as good as mine.

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