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gumption

[guhmp-shuh n] /ˈgʌmp ʃən/
noun, Informal.
1.
initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness:
With his gumption he'll make a success of himself.
2.
courage; spunk; guts:
It takes gumption to quit a high-paying job.
3.
common sense; shrewdness.
Origin
1710-1720
1710-20; orig. Scots
Related forms
gumptionless, adjective
gumptious, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gumptionless

gumption

/ˈɡʌmpʃən/
noun (informal)
1.
(Brit) common sense or resourcefulness
2.
initiative or courage: you haven't the gumption to try
Word Origin
C18: originally Scottish, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for gumptionless

gumption

n.

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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Slang definitions & phrases for gumptionless

gumption

noun

Initiative; enterprise; courage; spunk (1831+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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