- 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
1710–20; orig. Scots
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Examples from the Web for 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
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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