Definition of gumption in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡəmpSH(ə)n/


Shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness: she had the gumption to put her foot down and head Dan off from those crazy schemes
More example sentences
  • 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.
initiative, resourcefulness, enterprise, ingenuity, imagination;
astuteness, shrewdness, acumen, sense, common sense, wit, mother wit, practicality;
spirit, backbone, pluck, mettle, nerve, courage, wherewithal
informal get-up-and-go, spunk, oomph, moxie, savvy, horse sense, (street) smarts


Early 18th century (originally Scots): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with gumption

assumption, consumption, overconsumption, presumption

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Syllabification: gump·tion

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