to arrive at or commit oneself to an opinion about (something) without having sufficient evidence to support the opinion fully:
to guess a person’s weight.
to estimate or conjecture about correctly:
to guess what a word means.
to think, believe, or suppose:
I guess I can get there in time.
to form an estimate or conjecture (often followed by at or about):
We guessed at the weight of the package.
to estimate or conjecture correctly.
an opinion that one reaches or to which one commits oneself on the basis of probability alone or in the absence of any evidence whatever.
the act of forming such an opinion:
to take a guess at someone’s weight.
by guess and by gosh, Northern U.S. using a combination of guesswork and reliance on luck; hit or miss.
Also, by guess and by golly.
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verb (when transitive, may take a clause as object)
when intr, often foll by at or about. to form or express an uncertain estimate or conclusion (about something), based on insufficient information: guess what we’re having for dinner
to arrive at a correct estimate of (something) by guessing: he guessed my age
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) to believe, think, or suppose (something): I guess I’ll go now
keep a person guessing, to let a person remain in a state of uncertainty
an estimate or conclusion arrived at by guessing: a bad guess
the act of guessing
anyone’s guess, something difficult to predict
have another guess coming
your guess is as good as mine
by gum, (used as a mild oath). noun any of various sticky substances that exude from certain plants, hardening on exposure to air and dissolving or forming viscous masses in water any of various products, such as adhesives, that are made from such exudates any sticky substance used as an adhesive; mucilage; glue (NZ) short […]
one of two equal or approximately equal parts of a divisible whole, as an object, or unit of measure or time; a part of a whole equal or almost equal to the remainder. a quantity or amount equal to such a part (½). Sports. either of two equal periods of play, usually with an intermission […]
plural of half. by halves, incompletely or partially: to do things by halves. halfheartedly: better not at all than by halves. go halves, to share equally; divide evenly. one of two equal or approximately equal parts of a divisible whole, as an object, or unit of measure or time; a part of a whole equal […]
the upper part of the body in humans, joined to the trunk by the neck, containing the brain, eyes, ears, nose, and mouth. the corresponding part of the body in other animals. the head considered as the center of the intellect, as of thought, memory, understanding, or emotional control; mind; brain: She has a good […]