[ sek-uh nd-ges ]
/ ˈsɛk əndˈgɛs /

verb (used with object)

to use hindsight in criticizing or correcting.
to predict (something) or outguess (someone): We must try to second-guess what he'll do next.

Origin of second-guess

First recorded in 1945–50

OTHER WORDS FROM second-guess

sec·ond-guess·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for second-guess


verb informal

to criticize or evaluate with hindsight
to attempt to anticipate or predict (a person or thing)

Derived forms of second-guess

second-guesser, noun
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