Definition of gumption noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡʌmpʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡʌmpʃn//
    [uncountable] (old-fashioned, informal) Brave
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  1. 1the intelligence needed to know what to do in a particular situation He didn’t have the gumption to keep his mouth shut.
  2. 2courage and determination She won’t tell him because she hasn’t got the gumption. See related entries: Brave
  3. Word Originearly 18th cent. (originally Scots): of unknown origin.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gumption