Gumption meaning

gŭmpshən
Guts; spunk.
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(obs.) Shrewdness in practical matters; common sense.
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Common sense.
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The definition of gumption is determination and courage.

When you are the only one who has the courage to speak up and tell your boss that the new reporting system is ineffective and costing people too much time and money, this is an example of gumption.

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Boldness of enterprise; initiative or aggressiveness.
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Courage and initiative; enterprise and boldness.
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Energy of mind and body, enthusiasm.
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Boldness of enterprise; initiative or aggressiveness, guts; spunk; initiative.
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Origin of gumption

  • Scots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition