Word of the Day Archive
Wednesday July 13, 2011
1. Initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness.
2. Courage; spunk; guts.
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
Gumption comes from a Scottish term, possibly deriving from the Old Norse gaumr, "attention, heed."