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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Informal Boldness of enterprise; initiative or aggressiveness.
  • n. Informal Guts; spunk.
  • n. Informal Common sense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Energy of mind and body, enthusiasm.
  • n. Boldness of enterprise; initiative or aggressiveness, guts; spunk; initiative.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Capacity; shrewdness; common sense.
  • n.
  • n. The art of preparing colors.
  • n. Megilp.
  • n. initiative; resourcefulness.
  • n. Courage; guts.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Acuteness of the practical understanding; clear, practical common sense; quick perception of the right thing to do under unusual circumstances.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sound practical judgment
  • n. fortitude and determination

Etymologies

Scots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • Wonder how he had the gumption to propose to any girl.
    Joyce, Ulysses, 6

    January 1, 2007