- Shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness: she had the gumption to put her foot down and head Dan off from those crazy schemesMore example sentences
initiative, resourcefulness, enterprise, ingenuity, imagination; astuteness, shrewdness, acumen, sense, common sense, wit, mother wit, practicality; spirit, backbone, pluck, mettle, nerve, courage, wherewithal
- They played with the spirit and gumption that made them world champions, resisting all temptation to throw in the towel or play for outright draws.
- If Croydon Council hasn't got an accountant in its ranks or a commercially-minded businessman with a sense of gumption, I can provide one.
- And then, if you have the imagination and gumption, you can stop just being at the receiving end of news.
early 18th century (originally Scots): of unknown origin.