[ guhmp-shuh n ]
/ ˈgʌmp ʃən /
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
Related formsgump·tion·less, adjectivegump·tious, adjective
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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|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for gumptious
/ (ˈɡʌmpʃən) /
British common sense or resourcefulness
initiative or courageyou haven't the gumption to try
Word Origin for gumption
C18: originally Scottish, of unknown origin
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