I guess


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I guess

 and I expect; I suppose; I suspect 
1. a phrase that introduces a supposition. (Frequently, in speech, suppose is reduced to 'spose, and expect and suspect are reduced to 'spect. The apostrophe is not always shown.) Bob: I guess it's going to rain. Bill: Oh, I don't know. Maybe so, maybe not. Alice: I expect you'll be wanting to leave pretty soon. John: Why? It's early yet.
2. a vague way of answering 'yes'. John: You want some more coffee? Jane: I 'spose. Alice: Ready to go? John: I spect.
See also: guess

I guess (so).

 and I believe so.; I expect (so).; I suppose (so).; I suspect (so).; I think so.
a vague expression of assent. (Frequently, in speech, suppose is reduced to 'spose, and expect and suspect are reduced to 'spect. The apostrophe is not always shown.) Tom: Will it rain today? Bob: I suppose so. Sue: Happy? Bill: I 'spect. Sue: You don't sound happy. Bill: I guess not.
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References in classic literature ?
This is what they call delirium, I guess," he muttered.
Don't you go to bed for half-an-hour, and I guess you'll hear from me again.
You're the only real white man that's ever happened to me, and I guess I'm not going to play you a low-down trick like spoiling your life.
It'll hurt some, I guess, but I reckon you'll be glad you did.
The young folks was all friends, and I guess she just can't bear to talk about it.
If that's all, I guess there's no such hurry to look round for a girl.
I guess I gave him a red face for his wedding, all right
I guess I want to have my fling, like the other girls.
Well, I guess you had better be quiet," she simply observed.
Well, I guess you had better leave it somewhere," she said after a moment.
I guess he could give me more instruction than I could give him.
But I guess we'll go this week, if we can get Randolph.
I don' know about the privilege part; it'll be considerable of a chore, I guess.
There ain't any thieves hereabouts, and if there was, I guess they wouldn't make for your sunshade, but come along.