- initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness: With his gumption he'll make a success of himself.
- courage; spunk; guts: It takes gumption to quit a high-paying job.
- common sense; shrewdness.
Origin of gumption
Related Wordsshrewdness, resourcefulness, acumen, savvy, cleverness, astuteness, get-up-and-go, ability, industry, enterprise, discernment, sagacity, wit, sense, perspicacity, wisdom, judgment, spirit, perspicaciousness, commonsense
Examples from the Web for gumption
Yes, if you have courage, desire, and gumption to do it, why not?Pierce Brosnan’s Life After Bond: From Action Hero to Losing His Daughter to Cancer
July 2, 2014
Will the underdogs prevail through hard work and gumption or will billionaires turn Wisconsin into their own playground?Koch Brothers Invade Tiny Iron County, Wisconsin
March 25, 2014
The expression and gumption she sells the number with her eyes is the real magic of Shirley Temple.7 Impossibly Cute Shirley Temple Moments (VIDEOS)
February 11, 2014
Fashion would lose much of its electricity without the head-snapping magnetism of models moving with gumption down a runway.Milan Wraps Up Spring 2013 Fashion Week With Armani and Cavalli Showdown
September 24, 2012
Mitt Romney, who has reverted to the not-a-follicle-out-of-place hairstyle, never really got up the gumption to hit Newt.Paul Begala: Newt's Shameless Chutzpah Saves Him in Fox Debate
December 16, 2011
All we wanted was them needles and a little elbow-grease and gumption.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
If your father'd just had the gumption to hold out, they'd have had to pay him anything he asked.Alice Adams
There's a lot of stuff in your story that wouldn't be there if you had any gumption.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
Beyond all instruments and weapons are his skill, agility, gumption, diplomacy.
Do have some gumption, Amy, and cut out the salty-tear business.Little Miss Grouch
Samuel Hopkins Adams
- British common sense or resourcefulness
- initiative or courageyou haven't the gumption to try
Word Origin and History for gumption
1719, originally Scottish, "common sense, shrewdness," also "drive, initiative," possibly connected with Middle English gome "attention, heed," from Old Norse gaumr "heed, attention." Sense of "initiative" is first recorded 1812.