[guhmp-shuh n]
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noun Informal.
  1. initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness: With his gumption he'll make a success of himself.
  2. courage; spunk; guts: It takes gumption to quit a high-paying job.
  3. common sense; shrewdness.

Origin of gumption

1710–20; orig. Scots
Related formsgump·tion·less, adjectivegump·tious, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun informal
  1. British common sense or resourcefulness
  2. initiative or courageyou haven't the gumption to try

Word Origin for gumption

C18: originally Scottish, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gumptious



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.

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