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guessti­mate

● PRONUNCIATION: (GES-ti-mayt

for verb; -muht for noun)

● MEAN­ING: (verb tr.) To make an es­ti­mate based on guess­work; (noun) An es­ti­mate based on guess­work.

● ET­Y­MOL­OGY: A blend of guess + es­ti­mate. Ear­li­est doc­u­mented use: 1936.

● USAGE: “When the mea­sur­ing cap that comes with the medicine bot­tle gets gooey and gummed up, the temp­ta­tion is to grab a kitchen spoon to guessti­mate a tea­spoon’s worth of liq­uid medicine. It doesn’t really work.” — Roni Caryn Rabin; Health; In­ter­na­tional Her­ald Tribune (Paris, France); Jan 14, 2010.

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