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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Definitions for gumption

  1. Initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness.
  2. Courage; spunk; guts.

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Citations for gumption
I've had the gumption to make the money, but I haven't the gumption to spend it. Anthony Trollope, Dr. Thorne
You're just one of those sweet boobs without any gumption to fight back. Fannie Hurst, The stories of Fannie Hurst
Origin of gumption
1710-1720
Gumption comes from a Scottish term, possibly deriving from the Old Norse gaumr, "attention, heed."