- an idea or opinion formed from evidence that is neither positive nor conclusive; conjecture; guess
- the act or process of surmising; conjecture in general
Origin of surmiseMiddle English surmyse from Old French surmise, accusation, feminine of surmis, past participle of surmettre, literally , to put upon, hence to accuse from sur- (see sur-) + mettre, to put from Classical Latin mittere, to send (see mission)
intransitive verb-·mised′, -·mis′ing
verbsur·mised, sur·mis·ing, sur·mis·es
- To make a judgment about (something) without sufficient evidence; guess: “In another pocket he came across what he surmised in the dark were pennies, erroneously, however, as it turned out” ( James Joyce )
- To say (something) as a guess or conjecture.
Origin of surmiseMiddle English surmisen to accuse from Old French surmise feminine past participle of surmettre sur- sur- mettre to put ( from Latin mittere )
(third-person singular simple present surmises, present participle surmising, simple past and past participle surmised)
From Old French surmis, past participle of surmetre, surmettre (“to accuse"), from sur- (“upon") + metre (“to put").