• WordNet 3.6
    • n gumption fortitude and determination "he didn't have the guts to try it"
    • n gumption sound practical judgment "Common sense is not so common","he hasn't got the sense God gave little green apples","fortunately she had the good sense to run away"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Gumption Capacity; shrewdness; common sense. "One does not have gumption till one has been properly cheated."
    • Gumption Courage; guts.
    • Gumption initiative; resourcefulness.
    • Gumption (Paint) Megilp.
    • Gumption (Paint) The art of preparing colors.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n gumption Acuteness of the practical understanding; clear, practical common sense; quick perception of the right thing to do under unusual circumstances.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Gumption gump′shun sense: shrewdness: common-sense
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  • Jessamyn West
    Jessamyn West
    “It's very easy to forgive others their mistakes, it takes more gut and gumption to forgive them for having witnessed your own.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. gom, gome, attention; akin to AS. geómian, gyman, to regard, observe, gyme, care, OS. gomean, to heed, Goth. gaumjan, to see, notice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Doubtless conn. with A.S. gýman, to observe; cf. Goth. gaumjan.


In literature:

I want to put a little gumption into what we do!
"A Dash from Diamond City" by George Manville Fenn
It knocks all the gumption out on yer 'fore yer knows where yer are.
"Fire Island" by G. Manville Fenn
The lamb grew visibly in gumption; and finally, after another swig at the bar of life, he was a made lamb.
"The Wrong Woman" by Charles D. Stewart
Do have some gumption, Amy, and cut out the salty-tear business.
"Little Miss Grouch" by Samuel Hopkins Adams
I ruther guess 'twas the gumption that got knocked out.
"Peak and Prairie" by Anna Fuller
There's a consid'able sight o' gumption in grandmas.
"Oldtown Fireside Stories" by Harriet Beecher Stowe
I would if I were there, and so would you if you had as much gumption as an old setting hen.
"Winning His Way" by Charles Carleton Coffin
To think o' th' little wench ha'in' so mich gumption, an' to think o' her takkin th' matter i' hond th' minnit she struck it!
"That Lass O' Lowrie's" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I'm a big rough fellow, but I've got some gumption.
"The Ghost Breaker" by Charles Goddard
Now you take a boy like him which he comes from decent, respectable family, Philip, and he's got real gumption.
"Elkan Lubliner, American" by Montague Glass

In poetry:

Then finding he'd killed it he out with his knife,
He had gumption beside other merits -
And he cuts open Dragon, and under it's vest.
Safe and sound are the pup and the ferrets.
"St. George and the Dragon" by Weston and Lee
My grannie believed in nae cantrip or spell;
'Bout ghaist, witch, or fairy, nae tale wad she tell;
Sic things by douce bodies, she said, were ne'er seen,
An' they hae little gumption that trow them, I ween.
"Grannie's Tale: A Ballad o'Memorie" by Janet Hamilton
Yet sic is the case, an' lang may they bruck
The gear they ha'e won, they've had mair than gude luck,
They've gi'en kirks, they've gi'en schules, an' gude pay to their men,
May Gude gi'e them gumption their wages to spen'.
"A Wheen Aul' Memories" by Janet Hamilton

In news:

63 Years of Smarts and Gumption.
It takes more than grit and gumption to get a business off the ground--turns out your location might be more than just luck.
63 Years of Smarts and Gumption .
Gumption + marketing = tax reform.
A Lady of Grit, Grace and Gumption.
Skiers gather their gumption last winter for the launch downhill at Alpine Meadows.
And one made his way on three legs and a lot of gumption.
But the collective will to get up the gumption for such is increasingly on the wane.
Healthful Gum Showing Gumption.
How is it that Boston Public Schools can have the gumption to move Mission Hill K-8 to Jamaica Plain despite huge controversy, but not to change the school's now-inaccurate name.
The death of Seattle's monorail plan is a telling tale of the failure to capitalize on grassroots energy and gumption.
Gumption + marketing = tax reform.
Punk 's all about contesting institutions, and Fucked Up does just that with gumption and ingenuity.
Many art rockers have symphonic pretensions, but ittakes gumption to compose a "symphony".
The Detroit Tigers have lost their gumption.