Gumption



[guhmp-shuh n] /ˈgʌmp ʃən/

noun, Informal.
1.
initiative; aggressiveness; resourcefulness:
With his gumption he’ll make a success of himself.
2.
courage; spunk; guts:
It takes gumption to quit a high-paying job.
3.
common sense; shrewdness.
/ˈɡʌmpʃən/
noun (informal)
1.
(Brit) common sense or resourcefulness
2.
initiative or courage: you haven’t the gumption to try
n.

1719, originally Scottish, “common sense, shrewdness,” also “drive, initiative,” possibly connected with Middle English gome “attention, heed,” from Old Norse gaumr “heed, attention.” Sense of “initiative” is first recorded 1812.

noun

Initiative; enterprise; courage; spunk (1831+)

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