guesswork

[ ges-wurk ]
/ ˈgɛsˌwɜrk /

noun

work or procedure based on or consisting of the making of guesses or conjectures.

Nearby words

  1. guesde,
  2. guesde, jules,
  3. guess,
  4. guess again,
  5. guesstimate,
  6. guest,
  7. guest beer,
  8. guest flag,
  9. guest house,
  10. guest of honor

Origin of guesswork

First recorded in 1715–25; guess + work

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British Dictionary definitions for guesswork

guesswork

/ (ˈɡɛsˌwɜːk) /

noun

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

guesswork

n.

also guess-work, 1725, from guess + work (n.).

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