from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Rough common sense; keenness of intellect; understanding.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • They are trying to get me to show a little—I believe Uncle calls it ‘rumgumption.’


  • And then on to ruminant, which verified my initial rumgumption about the cud-chewing, but included, also, a reference to the "ruminantia," which are "a division of even-toed, hoofed mammals" including some which do not chew the cud!

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIV No 3

  • I say "almost" because immediately above the target word were: rumgumption (which in Scotland and in the north of England means ` keeness or shrewdness ') and rumfustian (` a hot drink composed of strong beer, white wine or sherry, gin, egg yolks, sugar and spices').

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIV No 3

  • "Hootoot, Mr. Sutherlan ', ye micht gie me credit for raither mair rumgumption nor that comes till.

    David Elginbrod

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.