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Examples of gumption in a Sentence
It took a lot of gumption to speak up for yourself like that.
that girl has no more gumption than a grasshopper and is likely to marry the first man who comes along
Recent Examples of gumption from the Web
The standard automatic transmission is unobtrusive in its actions but slow to respond to demands for additional power, which further saps what little gumption the RAV4 can muster.
That Frk doesn’t lose his gumption for shooting concerns the Wings.
The cheery disposition seen in sunnier months gives way to a hard-scrabble lifestyle that requires a scrappy brand of gumption just to get by.
Jax cornerback Jalen Ramsey has gumption the size of grapefruits to all but guarantee a win at New England after his unit gave up five TD passes and almost 500 yards to Roethlisberger.
That acceptance becomes a cause for celebration, a painful reckoning, and a real meditation on what literary and literal gumption can create and sustain in essayistic forms.
Blame him for not having the gumption to stick it out and to referee the disputes more adeptly.
By far, Houston has displayed the most gumption in that division.
The megaphones only got louder, a function of timing and gumption.
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Did You Know?
English speakers have had gumption (the word, that is) since the early 1700s. The term's exact origins aren't known, but its earliest known uses are found in British and especially Scottish dialects (which also include the forms rumblegumption and rumgumption). In its earliest uses, gumption referred to intelligence or common sense, especially when those qualities were combined with high levels of energy. By the 1860s, American English speakers were also using gumption to imply ambition or tenacity, but it wasn't until the early 1900s that gumption began to appear in English texts as a direct synonym of courage or get-up-and-go. American showman P.T. Barnum also claimed that gumption named a particular kind of hard cider, but that sense is far from common today.
Origin and Etymology of gumption
First Known Use: 1719See Words from the same year
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: courage and confidence
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