second-guess

verb
sec·​ond-guess | \ ˌse-kᵊŋ-ˈges How to pronounce second-guess (audio) , -kən(d)- \
second-guessed; second-guessing; second-guesses

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 marketTime

Other Words from second-guess

second-guesser noun

First Known Use of second-guess

1941, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Second-guess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/second-guess. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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second-guess

verb

English Language Learners Definition of second-guess

: 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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