guess·​ti·​mate | \ ˈge-stə-mət How to pronounce guesstimate (audio) \

Definition of guesstimate

: an estimate usually made without adequate information

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guesstimate \ ˈge-​stə-​ˌmāt How to pronounce guesstimate (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of guesstimate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When planting a crop, a Christmas tree farmer has to decide — or guesstimate — what varieties customers will want to buy almost a decade later when that crop is ready to be sold. Kori Rumore,, 25 Nov. 2021 Estimates are hard to come by, but one guesstimate is that the underground economy amounted to 11 - 12% of US GDP in 2018. Elizabeth Bauer, Forbes, 16 Oct. 2021 Goldman Sachs this week issued a more pessimistic economic forecast than previous predictions, shaving growth projections for this year from 5.7% to 5.6%, and lowering its 2022 guesstimate from 4.4% to 4%. Paul Begala, CNN, 12 Oct. 2021 This is just a projection, a guesstimate without having a grip on what the Guardians’ 26-man roster will look like. Joe Noga, cleveland, 7 Oct. 2021 Our guesstimate: About 95 percent maskless on Saturday. Ben Flanagan |, al, 11 Sep. 2021 Olivier Blanchard, a former MIT professor who served as chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, recently offered a guesstimate that spending of about $1 trillion would meet the country’s needs. Larry Edelman,, 10 Feb. 2021 In an Instagram post on Friday, the 27-year-old debuted a hot new do: 24 inches (best guesstimate) of sleek jet-black hair, pressed bone straight, and blunt cut bangs. Jennifer Ford, Essence, 1 May 2020 The Marc’s construction was started in January and the current guesstimate for completion, said Boczek, is probably November. Linda Gandee/special To,, 17 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of guesstimate

1923, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for guesstimate

blend of guess and estimate

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“Guesstimate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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