- The definition of a guess is an act of predicting, estimating or assuming.
An example of a guess is the thought that about 10 people will be in the race.
- To guess is defined as to predict, assume or estimate.
An example of guess is to figure that about 50 people will be at the party.
- to form a judgment or estimate of (something) without actual knowledge or enough facts for certainty; conjecture; surmise
- to judge correctly by doing this
- to think or suppose: I guess I can do it
Origin of guessMiddle English gessen, to judge, estimate, probably from MDu, akin to Danish gisse, Swedish gissa, Old Norse geta: for Indo-European base see get
- the act of guessing
- a judgment or estimate formed by guessing; conjecture; surmise
verbguessed, guess·ing, guess·es
- a. To predict (a result or an event) without sufficient information.b. To assume, presume, or assert (a fact) without sufficient information.
- To form a correct estimate or conjecture of: guessed the answer.
- To suppose; think: I guess he was wrong.
- To make an estimate or conjecture: We could only guess at her motives.
- To estimate or conjecture correctly.
- An act or instance of guessing.
- A conjecture arrived at by guessing.
Origin of guessMiddle English gessen probably of Scandinavian origin ; see ghend- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present guesses, present participle guessing, simple past and past participle guessed)
- To reach a partly (totally) unqualified conclusion.
- To solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly.
- He who guesses the riddle shall have the ring.
- (chiefly US) to suppose (introducing a proposition of uncertain plausibility).
- That album is quite hard to find, but I guess you could try ordering it online.
From Middle English gessen, probably of Scandinavian origin, from Old Danish getse, gitse, getsa (“to guess”), from Old Norse *getsa, *gitsa, from Proto-Germanic *gitisōną (“to guess”), from Proto-Germanic *getaną (“to get”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʰed- (“to take, seize”). Cognate with Danish gisse (“to guess”), Swedish gissa (“to guess”), Dutch gissen (“to guess”), Low German gissen (“to guess”). Related also to Icelandic giska ("to guess"; from Proto-Germanic *gitiskōną). Compare also Russian гадать (gadatʹ, “to conjecture, guess, divine”), Albanian gjëzë (“riddle”) from gjej (“find, recover, obtain”). More at get.
- A prediction about the outcome of something, typically made without factual evidence or support.
- If you don't know the answer, take a guess.