- gumption (n.)
- 1719, originally Scottish, "common sense, shrewdness, acuteness of practical understanding," also "drive, initiative," possibly connected with Middle English gome "attention, heed," from Old Norse gaumr "heed, attention." Sense of "initiative" is first recorded 1812. Related: Gumptious (adj.), attested from 1823.
- 1. It takes gumption to quit a good paying job.
- 2. With his gumption he will make a success of himself.
- 3. He suspected that deep down, she admired him for having the gumption to disagree with her.
- 4. Surely anyone with marketing gumption should be able to sell good books at any time of year.
- 5. Fortunately you had enough gumption not to give up on yours.
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