Guess v. t. [imp. & p. p. Guessed p. pr. & vb. n. Guessing.]
1. 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. --Pope.
2. 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. --Milton.
Of ambushed men, whom, by their arms and dress,
To be Taxallan enemies I guess. --Dryden.
3. To solve by a correct conjecture; to conjecture rightly; as, he who guesses the riddle shall have the ring; he has guessed my designs.
4. To hit upon or reproduce by memory. [Obs.]
Tell me their words, as near as thou canst guess them. --Shak.
5. 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. --Shak.
But in known images of life I guess
The labor greater. --Pope.
Syn: -- To conjecture; suppose; surmise; suspect; divine; think; imagine; fancy.
Usage: -- To Guess, Think, Reckon. Guess denotes, to attempt to hit upon at random; as, to guess at a thing when blindfolded; to conjecture or form an opinion on hidden or very slight grounds: as, to guess a riddle; to guess out the meaning of an obscure passage. The use of the word guess for think or believe, although abundantly sanctioned by good English authors, is now regarded as antiquated and objectionable by discriminating writers. It may properly be branded as a colloguialism and vulgarism when used respecting a purpose or a thing about which there is no uncertainty; as, I guess I 'll go to bed.
Guess, v. i. To make a guess or random judgment; to conjecture; -- with at, about, etc.
This is the place, as well as I may guess. --Milton.
Guess, n. 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. --Dryden.
n 1: a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
[syn: conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal,
2: an estimate based on little or no information [syn: guesswork,
guessing, shot, dead reckoning]
v 1: 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" [syn: think, opine, suppose, imagine, reckon]
2: 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" [syn:
venture, pretend, hazard]
3: judge tentatively or form an estimate of (quantities or
time); "I estimate this chicken to weigh three pounds"
[syn: estimate, gauge, approximate, judge]
4: guess correctly; solve by guessing; "He guessed the right
number of beans in the jar and won the prize" [syn: infer]