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gumption

[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.
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Origin of gumption

1710–20; orig. Scots
Related formsgump·tion·less, adjectivegump·tious, adjective
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Examples from the Web for gumptious

Historical Examples

  • In course, sir, all gumptious folks are; they value themselves on their respectability, and looks down on their neighbors.

    The International Monthly, Volume 3, No. 1, April, 1851

    Various

  • In course, sir, all gumptious folks are; they value themselves on their respectability, and looks down on their neighbours.

    My Novel, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton


British Dictionary definitions for gumptious

gumption

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

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

gumption

n.

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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