second-guess

verb sec·ond-guess \ ˌse-kᵊŋ-ˈges , -kən(d)- \

Definition of second-guess

transitive verb
1 :to criticize or question actions or decisions of (someone) often after the results of those actions or decisions are known
  • meet almost every morning and, over coffee, second-guess the local coach
  • —Bruce Newman
; also :to engage in such criticism of (an action or decision)
  • second-guess the general's strategy
2 :to seek to anticipate or predict
  • lived royally by his ability to second-guess the stock market
  • Time

second-guesser

noun

First Known Use of second-guess

1941



SECOND-GUESS Defined for English Language Learners

second-guess

verb

Definition of second-guess for English Language Learners

  • : to criticize or question the actions or decisions of someone

  • : to try to guess or predict what (someone or something) will do



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