or gues·ti·mate

[verb ges-tuh-meyt; noun ges-tuh-mit, -meyt]Informal.

verb (used with object), guess·ti·mat·ed, guess·ti·mat·ing.

to estimate without substantial basis in facts or statistics.


an estimate arrived at by guesswork.

Origin of guesstimate

1935–40, Americanism; blend of guess and estimate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for guesstimate



noun (ˈɡɛstɪmɪt)

an estimate calculated mainly or only by guesswork

verb (ˈɡɛstɪˌmeɪt)

to form a guesstimate of
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Word Origin and History for guesstimate

1902, a blending of guess (v.) and estimate. Related: Guesstimated; guesstimating. As a noun, from 1906.

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