- 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 Words for gumptiousindustrious, intrepid, daring, diligent, aspiring, hardworking, dashing, ambitious, adventurous, active, aggressive, alert, audacious, bold, busy, craving, driving, eager, enthusiastic, go-ahead
Examples from the Web for gumptious
Historical Examples of gumptious
In course, sir, all gumptious folks are; they value themselves on their respectability, and looks down on their neighbors.
In course, sir, all gumptious folks are; they value themselves on their respectability, and looks down on their neighbours.My Novel, Complete
- British common sense or resourcefulness
- initiative or courageyou haven't the gumption to try
Word Origin 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.