• WordNet 3.6
    • v guess expect, believe, or suppose "I imagine she earned a lot of money with her new novel","I thought to find her in a bad state","he didn't think to find her in the kitchen","I guess she is angry at me for standing her up"
    • v guess guess correctly; solve by guessing "He guessed the right number of beans in the jar and won the prize"
    • v guess judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or time) "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
    • v guess put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again","I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
    • n guess an estimate based on little or no information
    • n guess a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In the original Star Wars A New Hope when everyone is stuck in the trash compactor and the storm troopers come for C-3PO and R2-D2 the stormtroopers come through the door and one of them hits its head, very funny. They make it look like he did it on purpose by another stormtrooper says "Take care of him" which they added in there guess Lucas kept it as kind of a joke
    • n Guess An opinion as to anything, formed without sufficient or decisive evidence or grounds; an attempt to hit upon the truth by a random judgment; a conjecture; a surmise. "A poet must confess
      His art 's like physic -- but a happy guess ."
    • Guess To form an opinion concerning, without knowledge or means of knowledge; to judge of at random; to conjecture. "First, if thou canst, the harder reason guess ."
    • Guess To hit upon or reproduce by memory. "Tell me their words, as near as thou canst guess them."
    • Guess To judge or form an opinion of, from reasons that seem preponderating, but are not decisive. "We may then guess how far it was from his design.""Of ambushed men, whom, by their arms and dress,
      To be Taxallan enemies I guess ."
    • v. i Guess To make a guess or random judgment; to conjecture; -- with at, about, etc. "This is the place, as well as I may guess ."
    • Guess To solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly; as, he who guesses the riddle shall have the ring; he has guessed my designs.
    • Guess To think; to suppose; to believe; to imagine; -- followed by an objective clause. "Not all together; better far, I guess ,
      That we do make our entrance several ways."
      "But in known images of life I guess The labor greater."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Four wheel roller skates were invented by James L. Plimpton in 1863. Can you guess where?
    • guess To form, without certain knowledge, but from probable indications, a notion concerning; form a provisional or an imperfect opinion concerning; conjecture; surmise.
    • guess To conjecture rightly; solve by a correct conjecture; form a true opinion of: as, to guess one's design; to guess a riddle.
    • guess In a loose use, to believe; think; suppose; imagine: with a clause for object.
    • guess [This use is common in English literature from the first appearance of the word; but it is now regarded as colloquial, and, from its frequency in the United States, it is generally supposed by Englishmen to be an “Americanism.” By an easy extension guess is used for think, believe, or suppose, even where the meaning is not at all conjectural, but positive, and it is then logically superfluous, serving merely to make the assertion less abrupt: as, I guess I will go now (that is, I am going now); I guess I know what I'm about (that is, I know what I am doing). In most instances this use probably arises from a desire to avoid positive assertion, or from some feeling of hesitation or uncertainty.] Synonyms Imagine, Presume, etc. See conjecture.
    • guess To form a conjecture; judge or conclude from incomplete or uncertain evidence: commonly with at or by.
    • n guess A notion gathered from mere probability or imperfect information; a judgment or conclusion without sufficient or determinate evidence; a conjecture; a surmise: as, to act by guess.
    • n guess See another-guess, a.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "Hot cockles" was a popular game at Christmas in medieval times. It was a game in which the other players took turns striking the blindfolded player, who had to guess the name of the person delivering each blow. "Hot cockles" was still a Christmas pastime until the Victorian era.
    • v.t Guess ges to form an opinion on uncertain knowledge: to conjecture, to think
    • v.i Guess to judge on uncertain knowledge: to conjecture rightly
    • n Guess judgment or opinion without sufficient evidence or grounds
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  • Jim Rohn
    “Everything you need for better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.”
  • Rudyard Kipling
    “A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.”
  • Sylvia Plath
    Sylvia Plath
    “dying is an art, like everything else. I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I've a call.”
  • Will Rogers
    “An economist's guess is liable to be as good as anybody else s.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Know-how will surpass guess-how.”
  • Robert Bridges
    Robert Bridges
    “When first we met we did not guess that Love would prove so hard a master.”


Second-guess - If you second-guess someone, you try to predict what they will do.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gessen,; akin to Dan. gisse, Sw. gissa, Icel. gizha, D. gissen,: cf. Dan. giette, to guess, Icel. geta, to get, to guess. Probably originally, to try to get, and akin to E. get,. See Get


In literature:

Guess the boys would laugh if they could have seen me.
"Odd Numbers" by Sewell Ford
John P. Whittington isn't a man to stand much monkeying, or I miss my guess.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
I guess maybe there's a farm-house over there.
"The Trail of the Hawk" by Sinclair Lewis
And hardly seeing her, as I could guess, that great Mis' Amanda went forward, holding out her arms.
"Friendship Village" by Zona Gale
But I guess Mr. Durland and Dick Crawford won't make any mistakes.
"The Boy Scout Fire Fighters" by Robert Maitland
He guessed Slats would be hurt, but he had to think of his partners in this enterprise.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
Well, I guess that's settled.
"The Boy Ranchers on Roaring River" by Willard F. Baker
I guess Pee-wee thought the station would run away.
"Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
And I guess I guessed right.
"From the Car Behind" by Eleanor M. Ingram
But I guess, after all, I will give you the ring.
"That Girl Montana" by Marah Ellis Ryan

In poetry:

Has he not returned? Can no one
Guess in the remotest manner
Where he is?
"The Purgatory Of St. Patrick - Act II" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
I sit while loneliness
Seeps slowly through my skin.
Waiting, I try to guess
Which one of us will win—
"Fait Accompli" by Vassar Miller
So since I'm still here livin',
I guess I will live on.
I could've died for love—
But for livin' I was born
"Life Is Fine" by Langston Hughes
A mystery still to men and boys
Who know not where they lay
And guess it but a summer noise
Among the meadow hay
"The Landrail" by John Clare
The shy shadow in the farden
loves the sun in silence,
Flowers guess the secret, and mile,
while the leaves whisper.
"Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore
Aw saw yo walkin aat one neet,
Befoor yo'd getten wed;
Aw guess'd what he wor tawkin, tho
Aw dooant know what he sed.
"Latter Wit" by John Hartley

In news:

Wall Street Punishes Guess for 2Q Miss, Downbeat Outlook.
Can you guess where this is.
I'm going to guess that you were less than the legal age (whatever it was at the time).
Motley Crue is dropping by the 'Piers Morgan Tonight' show on CNN on Thursday, Dec 1, at 9PM ET to announce some big news, and leading up to that, they are dropping daily clues for fans to keep them guessing.
Most airlines afford us 50 pounds in our carry-ons, but guess what: That ubiquitous black bag you're wheeling around LAX weighs about 10 pounds – before you even throw a pair of socks inside.
Can you guess which one got two stars and which one got zero.
The one thing that the restaurant is known for is its dumplings (or mandoo), if you couldn't guess.
Guess who's coming to Elk River this holiday season.
I guess it was about ten years ago that then-Captain Robert Dunford let a bunch of us meet at his station house and plan a Dorchester Holiday Celebrations Tour.
I'm going to guess that the critters you see are suffering from malnutrition.
Well, I guess you've heard " Enuf " from me for awhile in the pages of Dynamic Chiropractic.
I'm guessing you probably wouldn't give it away.
I'm also guessing that you aren't a straight-up angel or good-karma-for-life-haver like Wyatt Erber .
Listening to Sharon Van Etten 's music, you'd never guess she has a difficult time showing vulnerability.
I guess I'm just popular.

In science:

In d < 10 one should guess the field content of the theory and write down the relative action.
AdS/CFT Correspondence and Type 0 String Theory
These basis was just guessed, verifying linear independence and regularity.
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
It thus seems natural to conjecture that the same will occur for the Sierpinski gasket, although definitive confirmation of this guess must wait until reliable values for A, µ and h1 are calculated.
I. Territory covered by N random walkers on deterministic fractals. The Sierpinski gasket
Of course, one of the likely possibilities has always been: something we have not guessed.
The Utility of Quantum Field Theory
The prediction error increases exponentially with time; already after a few steps the error corresponds to random guessing, ǫ ≃ 1.
Predicting and generating time series by neural networks: An investigation using statistical physics