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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
Miller is ready to show culinary skills laced with Houston gumption.
Whoever makes that roll of the dice should have a clear vision of the road ahead, and the gumption to see it through.
This guy’s all wide-eyed gumption and smirking confidence — not the cynic who gets a crash course in the Force later in life.
Several people who have worked with McMaster perceive, in his tireless gumption, a form of naïveté.
Dumezweni maintains Hermione’s gumption and adds a level of insecurity to her character over always being smarter than everyone else.
Tales of individuals’ gumption — trekking the tundra, fighting off bears, starting fires to stay warm — are as much a part of Alaska’s culture as the midnight sun or the North Star on the state flag.
And considering that this is a guy who made his own bat because a tree had been struck by lightning, this took considerable gumption.
And yet the birth itself is a metaphor for the family’s gumption and regeneration.
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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.
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Definition of gumption for English Language Learners
: courage and confidence
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