Definition of gumption in US English:

gumption

noun

informal
  • Shrewd or spirited initiative and resourcefulness.

    ‘she had the gumption to put her foot down and head Dan off from those crazy schemes’
    • ‘How much gumption does it take to pillory the malfeasant editors, reporters, and publisher who turned to compost ages ago?’
    • ‘That took gumption, not to mention good ole-fashioned American Ingenuity.’
    • ‘It sure takes some gumption to assemble a flatpack yacht.’
    • ‘Since then, despite showing terrific gumption to answer all the questions asked of them, they have not played teams of this calibre.’
    • ‘But if the migrants bike from a poor country to our rich one, they are demonstrating not British gumption but foreign deviousness.’
    • ‘All it would take is a bit of gumption and a modicum of courage.’
    • ‘It's about time someone outside the Religious Right got some media savvy and gumption.’
    • ‘Working this out at home will permit you to schedule around it, and will give you enough gumption to face the chaos at the festival theatres.’
    • ‘So beyond greed and gumption is opportunism, optimism… and some great success stories!’
    • ‘I was a feckless young man, without direction, commonsense, or gumption.’
    • ‘Again, we are seeing nothing unusual here, except perhaps gumption.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I have known people well into their 70s who have more character and gumption than people a quarter of their years.’
    • ‘I imagine the endless nights of winter and reflect on the strength and gumption required to survive in the dark and the cold.’
    • ‘Unbridled teenage gumption as practiced in the U.S., it seems, is the answer to all problems.’
    • ‘Take a minute to deliver some well deserved applause for this kid, whose gumption we should all long to emulate.’
    • ‘He has crossed the line, and we've got to have enough and gumption to stand up and say enough's enough.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He should take enormous pride that his enthusiasm and gumption have turned Motherwell around in recent years.’
    initiative, resourcefulness, enterprise, imagination, imaginativeness, ingenuity, inventiveness
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

gumption

/ˈɡəmpSH(ə)n//ˈɡəmpʃ(ə)n/