gumption Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun sound practical judgment
mother wit; horse sense; good sense; sense; common sense.
- 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
noun fortitude and determination
backbone; grit; guts; sand; moxie.
- he didn't have the guts to try it
Capacity; shrewdness; common sense.Colloq. in MW10 marked as chiefly dial.
One does not have gumption till one has been properly cheated. Lord Lytton.
(Paint.) (a) The art of preparing colors.Sir W. Scott. (b) Megilp. Fairholt. 3. initiative = primary modern usage
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