Definition of Gumption

1. Noun. Sound practical judgment. "Fortunately she had the good sense to run away"

Exact synonyms: Common Sense, Good Sense, Horse Sense, Mother Wit, Sense
Generic synonyms: Discernment, Judgement, Judgment, Sagaciousness, Sagacity
Specialized synonyms: Logic, Nous, Road Sense
Derivative terms: Commonsensical, Sense



2. Noun. Fortitude and determination. "He didn't have the guts to try it"
Exact synonyms: Backbone, Grit, Guts, Moxie, Sand
Generic synonyms: Fortitude
Language type: Colloquialism
Derivative terms: Gritty, Gutsy

Definition of Gumption

1. n. Capacity; shrewdness; common sense.

Definition of Gumption

1. Noun. Energy of mind and body, enthusiasm. ¹

2. Noun. Boldness of enterprise; initiative or aggressiveness, guts; spunk; initiative. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Gumption

1. shrewdness [n -S] - See also: shrewdness

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Literary usage of Gumption

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1. Better Schools by Benjamin Carlisle Gregory, James Laughlin Hughes (1912)
"CHAPTER IV gumption IT is related of a learned judge that he once ... The English dictionary admits the word "gumption" and classifies it as colloquial. ..."

2. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1889)
"Having gumption; having quick perception and good judgment.—2. Supercilious; conceitedly proud. [Colloq. and prov. Eng.] "She holds her head higher, ..."

3. A Complete Word and Phrase Concordance to the Poems and Songs of Robert by J. B. Reid (1889)
"Not a' the quacks, wi' a' their gumption, The Rights of Woman. Quaffing. \Vi' quaffing and laughing, Will ever mend her, Letter to J. Goudie. ..."

4. The American Joe Miller: A Collection of Yankee Wit and Humour by Joe Miller (1865)
"458. THEM that have more than their share of one thing, commonly have less of another. "Where there is great strength, there 'aint apt to be much gumption. ..."

5. Out-doors at Idlewild; Or, The Shaping of a Home on the Banks of the Hudson by Nathaniel Parker Willis (1855)
"... the-Job—English Literalness and Yankee "gumption." May 28, 1853. IN the making of a shelf-road around one of the precipices of Idlewild (something like ..."

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