guessing


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  • noun

Synonyms for guessing

an estimate based on little or no information

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He leaves his wife to manage the inn; and as she is a woman of colour, a pair of old bachelors like you and I may be excused for guessing that it is the wife, quite as much as the health, that sends him back to roving.
The Moors who had arrived at the well, rightly guessing that we were lost, sent one of their company to look for us, whom we heard shouting in the woods, but durst make no answer for fear of the Galles.
He couldn't write if he were," said Josette, guessing her mistress's fears.
As though guessing what must be passing through the other's mind, the stranger vouchsafed an explanation.
But guessing this was in some way a greeting, I did the same thing by way of reply.
You hear, madame," said the king, who enjoyed the embarrassment to its full extent, but without guessing the cause.
Oh, I am a Christian," cried Dantes, guessing instinctively that this man meant to abandon him.
Athos, who had been observing him and guessing his thoughts, took his arm and led him into the garden.
But how innocently those women are babbling together, without guessing that we overhear them
People 'ull be wondering to see me there, and they'll like enough be guessing the reason and asking questions, for there's been so much talk up and down about my having the place, this last three weeks.
Sometimes they begin guessing weeks and weeks before the day
The King, the Queen, Buckingham, Wolsey, Cromwell, all were given in turn; for with the happiest knack, the happiest power of jumping and guessing, he could always alight at will on the best scene, or the best speeches of each; and whether it were dignity, or pride, or tenderness, or remorse, or whatever were to be expressed, he could do it with equal beauty.
Now this shape was PECULIAR; and no sooner had I seen it, than I took credit to myself for the accuracy of my guessing.